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King Lear

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Lear’s Contradiction: Act 3, Scene 4

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Over the course of Act 3, Scene 4, Lear contradicts himself when he says

A

“The tempest in my mind / Doth from my senses take all feeling else / Save what beats there”; and then: “This tempest will not give me leave to ponder / On things would hurt me more.”

B

“When the mind's free, / The body's delicate,” and then: “Take physic, pomp; / Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel.”

C

“First let me talk with this philosopher”; and then: “I'll talk a word with this same learned Theban.”

D

“O Regan, Goneril! / Your old kind father, whose frank heart gave all,” and then: “nothing could have subdued nature / To such a lowness but his unkind daughters.”

E

“Is it not as this mouth should tear this hand / For lifting food to’t?” and then: “unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor bare, forked animal as thou art.”