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|An annotated example of a line symbolizing foolishness|
Developing the ability to have interesting literary analysis has been difficult for me because I always seem to want to just follow the story rather than look at the deeper meanings, forms, and themes of the texts. Through this course, I have been challenging myself to look closer at poetical form found in our readings, themes that are relevant throughout a play, and literary tools used by the author. As I practice my analysis seems to have improved because I see a lot of what I annotate being brought up in Slack and class discussions.
The Slack discussion has been very helpful, as my peers have really opened up different ideas for me when it comes to King Lear. For example, the other day on Slack I made a comment about alliteration that created some dialogue between us students, as I read and responded to the dialogue, people kept bringing up how alliteration creates emphasis. This led me to a more intense study of King Lear’s prayer during the storm and why Shakespeare decided to emphasize that scene.
Here are a few claims of King Lear:
[Policy Claim] Although King Lear highlights a male protagonist and was written in a time of patriarchy, this play should be read as a statement of the power of women as exemplified in the characters of Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia.
[Definition Claim] Although many interpret the storm scene as the propelling the play forward, the storm symbolizes the power of Christ and how he can better a person.
[Comparison Claim] Despite the feud between the brothers Edmund and Edgar, these characters in comparison, exemplify the two opposing sides of King Lear’s personality.
[Evaluation Claim] Even though some have thought King Lear to be a Christian figure, it is better to look at Lear as a man between two different beliefs, paganism and Christianity.
[Causal Claim] Despite the belief that Goneril and Regan caused the destruction in King Lear’s life, it really is the foolishness of Lear dividing his kingdom that leads to his demise.