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Lear’s Thwarted Role Reversal: Act 4, Scene 7

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In Act 4, Scene 7, Lear attempts to reverse roles with one of the other figures in the scene, but is hindered.

What is this thwarted reversal?

A

Lear tries to give advice to the Doctor, which is a reversal of doctor and patient.

B

Lear tries to bow down before the Doctor, which is a reversal of subject and king.

C

Lear tries to bow down before Cordelia, which is a reversal of subject and king.

D

Lear asks for Cordelia’s blessing, which is a reversal of father and child.

E

Lear asks for Cordelia’s protection from the Doctor, which is a reversal of gender roles.