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Narrative Development: Act 5, Scene 2

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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.

A

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

B

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

C

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

D

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

E

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.