King Lear Act 2 Scene 4 (lines 33-92)
1. At this point language is used to slow down the pace and give a break right before the real action begins. The language is informative and used to establish, from Kent's perspective, the conflict between King Lear's messenger Kent and Regan. The language is reflective where Kent retells the most recent events and King Lear and the fool question him. After one learns that Regan has sent Kent to the stocks one can see the beginnings of a conflict forming because King Lear is in disbelief that his daughter would do such a thing. Then the language used by the fool uses metaphors that make ...view middle of the document...
It establishes one of the many small conflicts that lead up to King Lear no longer trusting any of his daughters and feeling so betrayed that he goes out into a storm against the better judgment of his servants around him. The king's knowledge of Kent's humiliation is the cause for the confrontation that he then has with his daughter Regan. The passage adds to the already surrounding drama in the plot.
4. Imagery is used to explain the series of events that led to Kent's predicament. Kent describes the messenger that came before him as a "reeking post" and not just a bad smelling man but actually foul. The imagery used show the intensity of Kent's dislike of Goneril's servant. The description of the messenger's arrival is very descriptive and is even referred to as a poison which also shows the negative connotations that go along with his character and the situation as a whole.
5. The important themes of the play that are most prevalent in this passage are authority versus chaos and blindness versus sight. Authority versus chaos is revealed when the audience learns that Kent has been sent to stocks without the king's approval even though the king is supposed to have the most authority in his kingdom. The passage reveals that although it would seem most reasonable for the king to have the authority chaos has led to his loss of authority as his daughters slowly strip him of whatever authority he has left.
Blindness versus sight is seen where Kent is blind to King Lear's loss of authority and where King Lear is blind to his own loss of authority as well as his daughters' evilness. Even though Kent and King Lear can see in the literal sense they don't see initially how they are being used unjustly or why. Kent is left confused and the king is unaware of his own loss of power because he doesn't want to face reality.
Clarice Lispector's "Words From the Typewriter"
Prose non-fiction analysis
Lines 1 - 59
1. The key themes in this passage are discovering one's identity and how humans cope with the incomprehensible. The narrative voice is straight forward and honest. One can tell that the narrator has no hidden agendas and it would seem as though the word of the passage were merely just words from a typewriter as the title suggests and nothing more. The reader is then more able to understand the narrator's point of view as well as how they came to that conclusion. The reader can then tell that the narrator does a lot of self analysis in order to discover themselves and come up with a conclusion of how humans deal with the unknown.
2. The tone is predominantly factual and candid. The narrator has a very matter...