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King Lear

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Kent's Self-Depiction: Metaphors (Act 1, Scene 1)

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In the conversation between Lear and Kent that concludes with Kent’s banishment, what are the metaphors that Kent uses to describe himself in relationship to the king?

Select ALL that apply.

A

The image of the doctor; if Lear kills him, it will be the disease rather than the patient and doctor who profit.

B

The shaft of the arrow that Lear is aiming at him, suggesting that Kent will not bend much before he breaks.

C

The fork that will pierce Lear’s heart if Kent is banished.

D

The target of Lear’s vision.

E

A chess piece that Lear has used to make war against his enemies in the game of domination.