EN 1002 – Summer 2010 – Cheryl Crawford
Lecture 8 – King Lear / A Thousand Acres -- July 20
Research, Writing and Documentation
- Don’t rely specifically on sources that talk solely about king lear or a thousand
- Think about something that isn’t specific about king lear and a thousand acres
but about things that might help inform your analysis.
- Think about different sources: books, journals, monograms, oxford references.
- Think about different search engines – literature online, scholarly google, etc.
- Do remember that one source leads to another; if you pick up an essay that you
find interesting look in the works cited section to help you find other articles.
o Use the many resources available to you (such as the library) – don’t limit
yourself to the internet.
o Remember that one source will often lead to another.
o Planning will make the writing process easier later.
o Take notes in your own words rather than cutting and pasting.
- Pick a point that you have the most information on and that you identify the most
- Paraphrase your research so that it is in your own words.
- Quote only when you feel that the author’s ways of saying something will be
more effective in your paper.
- Acknowledging sources demonstrates your effectiveness as a researcher.
- Where you are uncertain about ‘common knowledge’, err on the side of caution.
- Provide documentation for paraphrases and summaries, not just for direct
- Who do you consider the tragic person in this play?
- Female character – much is reveled about this character with language. How
they use language reveals much about their moral qualities.
- G and R are willing to bring about emotional speeches to take the land.
- C’s virtue is identified by her silence.
- There is another character who is unwilling to speak untruths: kent and the fool.
- Language is very important.
- Consider as you are writing how Shakespeare uses language for dramatic effect.
- Prose and verse; which characters speak in which and when.
- The language is being used in a way that identifies a lot about characters.
- The combination of verse and the kind of verse; black verse; unlined verse.
- Changes in style can be significant. Changes in speaking patters and in the
diction of the characters themselves. - Lear’s dissection into madness, he speaks from verse to prose; he speaks in
- Servants speak in prose.
- Edgar shifts from his courtly and to his begging persona, from verse to prose.
- Kent is the only character that doesn’t agree with falsely speech (like Cordelia).
- Because there are no rules on Shakespeare’s language he uses a lot of context,
to show emotion, and truth.
- ‘Speak what we feel, not what we out to say’ – Albion.
- Lear’s defiant speech echos the sequence of the storm. He influences the
violence about the storms and the understanding of human behaviour.
- Responsibility to family.
- How things are and how they appear to be.
- The way they represent societies in flux.
- The theme of triangularity.
- Binary oppositions.
Land, Language, Power
- King Lear: Political order in crises: the king becomes a beggar and goes insane.
The people loyal to him have to rally behind him. He is saved by friends and a
daughter who was disowned. When the king goes insane, it brings the people to
a crisis. The passing of his kingdom from his as the patriarch to his daughters.
That reflects the family responsibilities in the play.
- King lear: the political and familial chaos, between Goneril and her husband and
Regan and her husband. And between England and France.
- King Lear: What’s going on while everyone is in crises? There are storms going