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King Lear

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Lear’s Repetition: “Return with her?” (Act 2, Scene 4)

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When Regan first suggests to Lear that he return to Goneril and finish out the month with her, Lear responds:

Return to her, and fifty men dismiss'd?
No, rather I abjure all roofs, and choose
To wage against the enmity o' the air;
To be a comrade with the wolf and owl,--
Necessity's sharp pinch! Return with her?
Why, the hot-blooded France, that dowerless took
Our youngest born, I could as well be brought
To knee his throne, and, squire-like; pension beg
To keep base life afoot. Return with her?
Persuade me rather to be slave and sumpter
To this detested groom.
[Pointing at OSWALD]

As a literary device, Lear’s repetition of “return to her” and “return with her”

Select ALL that apply.

A

permits Lear to stress what he understands as the absurdity of the suggestion.

B

invites the audience to attend more closely to what Lear says between repetitions.

C

allows Lear – by delaying his answer – time to consider the possibility that this is a wise recommendation.

D

serves to punctuate the catalogue of things he’d rather do.

E

demands that Regan consider the gravity of what she has just suggested.