Shakespeare Paper 2

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Explain how relationships have been represented in this scene, evaluating the significance of this scene in the play as a whole. In your response include a discussion of the composer’s use of film and stage techniques.
The essence of tragedy in Shakespeare’s King Lear is generated through the relationships and characterisations of the characters in the text, which contributes to our understanding of the individual relationships in King Lear and the text as a whole.
Through central themes of nature, betrayal, family feuds and social hierarchy, relationships, in Shakespeare’s King Lear, Peter Brooks 1962 production and Richard Eyre’s 1998 television adaptation, have been represented in ...view middle of the document...

Edger disguised as Tom O’Bedlam assumes a more paternal role and protects his father and essentially becomes Gloucester’s eyes when he loses them and becomes blind. This is represented in Peter Brook’s production where the camera movements aid audiences to emphasis certain ideas. The extreme close-up of “Edgar” and Gloucester’s face encompasses the whole frame allowing the composers to focus the audience’s attention on the emotions and facial expression of the characters and show their sincerity and understanding. This scene is significant for the characters as both Lear and Gloucester reach an epiphany, realising their wrong and rash mistreatment of their children. This links in with the motif of blindness where even though Lear can physically see, he is blinded in the sense that he lacks understanding, insight and direction and in contrast to this Gloucester becomes physically blind; Lear fails to understand that this is the principal cause of his demise and that both fathers inability to realise the true nature of their offspring’s actions leads to tragic consequences in the text such as Lear’s madness and Gloucester’s physical blindness.
In Richard Eyre’s production, this bond between “Edgar” and his father, Gloucester is heightened. Medium shot utilized by Eyre of Edgar and his father show Edgar holding him up so that the wont fall over. This demonstrates the paternal role of Edgar in the scene and how it has changed from Gloucester to Edgar.
Both Lear and Gloucester undergo a similar journey whereby both have been betrayed by their offspring’s and have been clouded by their arrogance. Betrayal, in King Lear, plays a critical role in expressing the inner wickedness of the familial realms where brothers betray brothers, sisters betray sisters and children betray fathers. This betrayal is shown where Goneril and Regan have clearly deceived Lear in Act one with their hollow expressions of love; “Sir I love you more than word can wield the matter….As much as child e’er loved” (Act 1 Scene1) This hyperbolic expression of love shows that Lear clearly fails to recognise the hypocrisy of his two eldest daughters and reinforces the fact that Lear cannot accept the truth if it does not suit or flatter him in any way. Lear’s growing madness as he tries to unsuccessfully come to terms with the evil...

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