King Lear

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Narrative Development: Act 1, Scene 3


Act 1, Scene 3 is one of the shorter scenes in the play. But it is no less important than the others, particularly for the ways it moves the narrative along.

Which of the following is NOT a plot development of Act 1, Scene 3?


We begin to see something of Goneril’s capacity for deception.


We see – from his daughter’s perspective – Lear’s initial attempts to maintain command of that which he has just abandoned authority over.


We first get some sense of the relationship between Lear and the Fool.


We become privy to the reasons – ahead of time – for why Oswald will treat Lear the way he does in the remainder of the play.


We are given to understand, for the first time, why Oswald has stayed on as Goneril’s servant.