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Good afternoon and welcome cast and crew to the Globes latest production of King Lear What is tragedy The Greek philosopher Aristotle summarised tragedy as a fatal flaw causing an important person to fall from happiness and prosperity in to catastrophe resulting in the hero moving from ignorance to knowledge and rousing a spectrum of emotions from spectators In this production of King Lear I wish to underscore this movement from ignorance to knowledge by stressing Lears psychological journey throughout this play Today I wish to discuss what I feel to be the pinnacle of Lears unbridled transition into the realization of truth the Storm scene of Act 32 Lears character is established possessing a fatal flaw his ego This renders him unable to reassess himself and the world around him and is resultantly blind to the truth This Act is significant as it expresses Lears acknowledgment of his daughters betrayal His damaged ego causes him to reassess himself and his world and he resultantly changes This scene also contrasts with Act 12 the Love Trial when Lear was strong powerful and in control now he has nothing Within this scene the plot is developed by Lears transition He becomes more compassionate to others and also progresses further into madness This scene also helps develop many key themes and motifs of the play Lear begins calling nature to Strike flat the thick rotundity of the world demonstrating his selfish attitude to life that no one should have joy if he cant Lears insanity reverberates through his irrational dialogue and abstract imagery thought-executing fires Lear is humbled by the rain he experiences real physical suffering and accepts it No I will be the pattern of all patience Resultantly Lear changes into a more compassionate character Also the Fools character that was previously an extremely cynical commentator of Lears follies transforms into a more paternal role as he feels sorry for Lear
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