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Write a detailed commentary on the extract taken from Act 3 Scene 4 When we read King Lear for the first time we are presented on the whole with a pessimistic view of men and society In other parts of the play Regan Gonerill and Edmund define treachery whereas the character of Kent creates a stark contrast showing us a strong sense of loyalty by following and supporting Lear throughout his torment Remembering that Kent was betrayed by Lear in the first scene of the play this emphasises the goodness of Kents character At the beginning of the extract Lear asks Wilt break my heart In response to this Kent declares I had rather break mine own This is just one of many examples in the play where Kent is willing to take Lears suffering upon himself Every time Kent enters we get a feeling of relief because he is there to fight evil a personification of the rare goodness of mankind Kent also shows his loyalty and steadfastness for his King in the way in which he tries to shelter him from the storm When Kent says that The tyranny of the open nights too rough for nature to endure he is really trying to make Lear think it is the storm that is to blame for his discomfort although Kent is fully aware of the true reasons for Lears pain In the play King Lear grief reaches the utmost depths that any Shakespearean character has ever portrayed In this particular extract the storm taking place on the heath symbolises and runs parallel with the storm in Lears soul His mind is so wracked with the treachery of his two daughters that he actually finds comfort in natures cruel elements This is conveyed when Lear says that the tempest will not give me leave to ponder On things would hurt me more No matter how much physical discomfort the storm
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