Thursday, October 13, 2016

Mallory's Prewriting

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I'm trying to be more consistent with my claim. I've struggled with following up in the past, so I'm working on focusing on the same thing throughout the play. I'm hoping that focusing on language the whole time will provide a more consistent and cohesive analysis.

I chose this screenshot because Shakespeare's use of the word "legitimate" really stuck out to me. This quote is what got me to start thinking about the use of language in King Lear in the first place.

I've really enjoyed reading other's slack analyses this go round because different aspects of the language have stuck out to everyone. Isaac's mention of the use of plosives in alliteration really caught my attention and got me to start thinking not only about the meaning of language but the sound of it as well and how that is used in King Lear.

[policy claim] The effect of language in Shakespeare's King Lear should not be overlooked.
[definition claim] Shakespeare's language is not just a way to tell the story, but also a way that he created tension and set the tone for the scene.
[comparison claim] Shakespeare's use of literary devices such as alliteration is unlike the use of his nonverbal devices.
[evaluation claim] Shakespeare's language is a good way to look at the play in a new way, focusing on the sounds and the meaning of individual words rather than each speeches meaning.
[causal claim] Much of the powerful in the characters' speeches was caused by Shakespeare's use of language as a a way to convey sounds as well as ideas.


  1. I really like your focus on the effect of language, but I would like more specific development. Right now you're basically saying "language has meaning," but you should suggest what meaning that is.

  2. I agree with Abby! There's so much that you could do with Shakespeare's language that it shouldn't be too hard to make your claims more specific. I like the direction that you're going in, though!