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Act 4, Scene 4 opens with these words by Cordelia:

Alack, 'tis he: why, he was met even now
As mad as the vex'd sea; singing aloud;
Crown'd with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds,
With bur-docks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers,
Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow
In our sustaining corn. A century send forth;
Search every acre in the high-grown field,
And bring him to our eye.

What effect does Cordelia’s speech have?

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It helps emphasize a dominant theme in the play: the relationship between the internal world and the outer, natural, world.


It conveys the difficulty Cordelia has with squaring the father and king she knew with the man she is now describing.


It suggests that Cordelia is still bound to Britain, despite the fact that she is now Queen of France.


It re-confirms Lear as a tragic figure by representing him as a travesty of a king.


It indicates that the natural world is willing to help Lear evade the daughter he is ashamed to see.

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