King Lear Act 5 scene 3 Essay

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King Lear Act 5 scene 3





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(The passage is taken from Act 5,scene 3 and only Lear speaks throughout)
The thing I find most interesting about the language used in this passage, is the dream
like image it creates. I think the amount of contradictive language, used in the passage
is also of some note as it creates ambiguity.

The first language point that grabbed my attention about this passage is that it seems to
contain lots of soft sounding words like “ebb”, ”flow” and “pray”, which in tandem with
the fact that the passage contains lots of single syllable words, allows it to flow easily
when reading aloud thus adding to the dreamy tone it creates.

Another language device I think Shakespeare uses to add to the dreamy tone of the passage
is his use of repetition and in particularly Lear’s continuous repetition of the word
“And”. Lear is telling his daughter Cordelia and who ever else will listen about his plans
for him and her, and by continuously repeating the word ‘and’ his plans seem less
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