King Lear

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Metaphors of Reversal

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Part of the play’s interest in the “natural” and the “unnatural” has to do with metaphorical (and, in some cases, practical) reversals – reversals of lineage, of genealogy, and of relations.

Which of these quotes from Act I does NOT refer to such a reversal?

A

When Goneril chastises Lear: “You strike my people; and your disorder’d rabble / Make servants of their betters.”

B

When the Fool asks Lear: “May not an ass know when the cart draws the horse?”

C

When Gloucester says, in soliloquy: “yet nature finds itself scourged by the sequent effects: love cools, friendship falls off, brothers divide: in cities, mutinies; in countries, discord; in palaces, treason; and the bond cracked ‘twixt son and father.”

D

When Edmund tells Gloucester: “I have heard [Edgar] oft maintain it to be fit, that, sons at perfect age, and fathers declining, the father should be as ward to the son, and the son manage his revenue.”

E

When the Fool says to Lear: “I have used [songs], nuncle, ever since thou madest thy daughters thy mothers.”