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What is the first point about nature?

Nature reveals natural vulnerability of humans, which is masked by power


Examples of nature revealing vulnerability

Lear's madness and revelations

The supremacy of the storm

Edgar's disguise

Crown of weeds


Critics/context for nature revealing vulnerability

Frank Kermode. Madness + Charles Beauclerk


Quotes for nature revealing man's vulnerability

Unaccomodated man is no more than such a poor, bare, forked man as thou art. Off, off you landings! Come unbutton here.

By the happy hollow of a tree, escaped the hunt/brought near to beast

Mans life's cheap as beasts

They told me I had the White hairs in my beard ere the black ones were there

Switch places and , handy- dandy, which is justice, which is thief? A dogs obeyed in office.

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!

[storm and tempest]

Crowned with nettles, hardocks ... And all the idle weeds


Nature reveals human vulnerability - link to Oedipus

Oedipus believed he was unstoppable...
Natures disinterest


Second point about nature

Nature takes precedence over human morality; justifies violence


Examples of nature justifying violence

Animal insults throughout

Edmund's devotion to nature

Cordelia's compassion almost supernatural?


Critics/context for nature justifying violence?

Race Capet
Great Chain of Being


Quotes for nature justifying violence

Detested kite

Wolvish visage

Pelican daughters

Sea monster

Tigers, not daughters

The hedge sparrow fed the cuckoo so long, that it had its head bit off by its young

No blown ambition do our arms incite, but love, dear love, and our aged father's right

Nature, thou art my goddess

This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me that which my father loses, no less than all: the younger rises when the old doth fall


What is the third point about nature?

Unnatural family ties


Examples of unnatural family ties?

Role reversal

Lear's demands and disowning Cordelia

Lear shut out in the storm


Critics/context for unnatural family ties

Coppelia Kahn and Race Capet


Quotes for unnatural family ties

Here I disclaim all paternal care, power, and propinquity of blood

Unburthened crawl towards death

I thought to set my rest upon her kind nursery

Dearer than eyesight, space and Liberty

O sir, to wilful men, the injuries they do themselves procure must be their school masters