Shakespeare's King Lear Act 5, Scene 3 directory search King Lear Please see the bottom of this page for helpful resources. All leave the stage in a sorrowful death march. Say thou 'no,' This sword, this arm, and my best spirits are bent To prove upon thy heart, whereto I speak, Thou liest. Edgar tells him everything that has happened--his disguise, his friendship of the mad Lear, and his anonymous care for. Although, he explains, half-mad, he killed the man who hanged her, he did so too late to save her.
Gloucester asks about who is living in the hovel. Captain I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work, I'll do 't. Mark- I say, instantly; and carry it so As I have set it down. Lear's irrational raving about animals suggests a crazed sense of injustice; his full line of 'nevers' suggests that he cannot see meaning in anything anymore, and he seems to embrace death as an escape. One step I have advanced thee: In common with many of Shakespeare's villains Edmund shows that he is able to switch from one thing to another with ease, always apparently in control. Methought thy very gait did prophesy A royal nobleness. The time will not allow the compliment Which very manners urges.
Send Thy token of reprieve. Albany seeks to restore order to the kingdom by having Kent and Edgar, the only two characters remaining to have acted nobly through the play, take leadership of Britain. Yet am I noble as the adversary I come to cope. Albany orders that the corpses on stage be carried away, so that all can begin their general mourning. Take my sword; Give it the Captain.
How have you known the miseries of your father? Regan steps up at this point and tells the crowd that it was she who ordered Edmund to do away with Lear and Cordelia. This is mere practice, Gloucester. Edmund decides he must tell Cornwall what he knows, so that the young men can take over the elder men's places. Then Edgar arrives disguised as Poor Tom. The scene brings both the intertwined Lear and the Gloucester stories to a climax and shows how human weakness rather than any sort of divine agency has been responsible for the suffering.
My name is Edgar, and thy father's son. In wisdom I should ask thy name; 3290 But since thy outside looks so fair and warlike, And that thy tongue some say of breeding breathes, What safe and nicely I might well delay By rule of knighthood, I disdain and spurn. . Th' hast spoken right; 'tis true. Thy great employment Will not bear question.
This pronouncement from Cornwall endorses Edmund's treachery toward his father, and also provides Edmund with a sort of self-righteous justice. By nursing them, my lord. Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters? The commission had already been executed. If it be so, It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows 3445 That ever I have felt. Edmund repents his crimes and determines to do good before his death. Meanwhile, personal conflict between Regan and Goneril pushes all onstage further toward disorder and destruction. But what art thou That hast this fortune on me? Albany proclaims that, hereafter, Edgar and Kent will rule the kingdom.
All friends shall taste The wages of their virtue, and all foes The cup of their deservings. We totally forgot about Lear and Cordelia! Edmund orders that the captured Lear and Cordelia be taken away to prison. But what art thou That hast this fortune on me? Hope battles with despair throughout. In scene six Lear's madness continues. He sounds the trumpet three times. If you will marry, make your loves to me, My lady is bespoke.
Gentleman Your lady, sir, your lady: and her sister By her is poisoned; she hath confess'd it. As he speeds off to do so, Kent arrives asking to see Lear. The oldest hath borne most: we that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. Had I your tongues and eyes, I'ld use them so 3435 That heaven's vault should crack. Edmund sends them away, giving the captain who guards them a note with instructions as to what to do with them.
He tells us that France is about to invade England and has already sequestered some of its army into England in secret. Mean you to enjoy him? Goneril rushes off in desperation. Act three scene one opens on the storm raging on Kent, in disguise, talking to a gentleman about how Lear is out in the weather alone, except for the Fool. He notes that the weather doesn't need to treat him well because he hasn't given anything to the weather. He exclaims that he has just taken it from the heart of Goneril—who, after confessing to having poisoned Regan, committed suicide.
Lear, however, wants nothing to do with them. Goneril tells Regan that Edmund will not marry her, but Regan, who is unexpectedly beginning to feel sick, claims Edmund as her husband and lord. Come, let's away to prison. Good guard Until their greater pleasures first be known That are to censure them. While Albany is setting the stage for Edgar's revenge on Edmund, he is also living up to his vow in 4.