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King Lear

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Kent’s and Gloucester’s Opposition to the Stocks

KINGLR-PTAHGY

Kent and Gloucester both present Cornwall with the same argument for why Kent ought NOT to be put in the stocks.

What is their argument?

A

Kent is “too old” to be put in the stocks – meaning the stocks are too rigorous a punishment for an aged body to bear.

B

Kent’s is “too old” to be put in the stocks – meaning there is a certain respect to be given all elders, who should not be subject to public humiliation.

C

The stocks are an inhumane punishment for anyone, as the noontime heat and the nighttime elements take a bigger toll on the offender than the confinement itself.

D

Kent is presently on employment from the king; to “stock” him while in service would be an insult to Lear.

E

Goneril will be furious that her sister and brother-in-law took action against Kent without asking her opinion on the matter.