Notes on the storm in King Lear (MADNESS/DISORDER)


Shakespeare uses setting to reflect Lear's inner turmoil and madness/ or disorder

  • Not only does the storm reflect Lear's initial hamartia, the turmoil of dividing the country, but it also reflects Lear's state of madness and catharsis  

  • shown by language and imagery of a battle between destruction and creation, order and disorder  

  • Lear has become a storm of emotions that changes direction with violent ferocity, repetition of exlamatives ("!") heightenes his rage
  • "blow, winds...rage."


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