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King Lear

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Cordelia’s Metaphor: Act 4, Scene 4

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Cordelia turns the Doctor’s literal statement into a metaphor in Act 4, Scene 4 when she says

A

that the sleep necessary to cure Lear would be a kind of death.

B

that she will water the herbs necessary to cure her father with her tears.

C

that the herbs required to give Lear repose will govern his rage like the king he could have been.

D

that her tears will be the foster-nurse who administers medicine to her father.

E

that the herbs will close their eyes before Lear so as not to witness the distress of the man they are curing.