King Lear

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Narrative Development: Act 5, Scene 2


Act 5, Scene 2 is the shortest scene in King Lear. Still, it manages to impact the play in which of the following ways?

Select ALL that apply.


It advances a reading of “Poor Tom” as a tragic figure for his inability to keep a promise to Gloucester.


It advances a reading of “Poor Tom” as a gallant figure for his advice to Gloucester about endurance.


It presents an instance in which a single event profoundly changes the tone for all characters present in the scene.


It suggests that the play is more concerned with war’s effects than with war’s representation.


It puts the audience in a position to further sympathize with Gloucester, since we don’t have access to the main action of the scene, either.