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King Lear

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Lear as a Figure of Defiance: Act 3, Scene 1

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In Act 3, Scene 1, Kent meets a Gentleman and asks him where the king is. The Gentleman responds:

Contending with the fretful element:
Bids the winds blow the earth into the sea,
Or swell the curled water 'bove the main,
That things might change or cease; tears his white hair,
Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage,
Catch in their fury, and make nothing of;
Strives in his little world of man to out-scorn
The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain.
This night, wherein the cub-drawn bear would couch,
The lion and the belly-pinched wolf
Keep their fur dry, unbonneted he runs,
And bids what will take all.

Which of the Gentleman’s descriptions above presents Lear as a figure of open defiance against the elements?

Select ALL that apply.

A

“Contending with the fretful element.”

B

“Bids the winds blow the earth into the sea, / Or swell the curled water 'bove the main, / That things might change or cease.”

C

“Which the impetuous blasts, with eyeless rage, / Catch in their fury, and make nothing of.”

D

“Strives in his little world of man to out-scorn / The to-and-fro-conflicting wind and rain.”

E

“Unbonneted he runs, / And bids what will take all.”