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King Lear

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Act 1, Scene 4: Goneril’s and Lear’s Points of View

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At this point in the play (Act 1, Scene 4), Lear and Goneril have two different ideas about the current state of affairs.

What are their respective concerns or frustrations?

A

Lear is concerned he relinquished too much of his power, while Goneril is concerned that Lear apportioned his kingdom too soon.

B

Lear worries that his knights are no longer properly in service to him, while Goneril is anxious that her servants will defect to Lear.

C

Lear is anxious that Goneril and Oswald are plotting against him, while Goneril suspects that Lear intends to reclaim her portion of the kingdom.

D

Lear fears that his supposed subordinates have recently been disrespecting him, while Goneril takes issue with Lear’s rage and his knights’ carousing and fighting.

E

Lear is afraid that even his fool thinks he has made an unsound decision, while Goneril worries that Lear’s fool will convince him to invite Cordelia back home.