Introduction to the Comparative Course-Literary Genre

Literary Genre refers to the style in which your text is written or presented on stage or film. It is an analysis of how the author put the story together to present the reader/audience with a compelling story. Literary Genre examines that ways in which telling a story can differ across the various genres, likeContinue reading “Introduction to the Comparative Course-Literary Genre”

Introduction to the Comparative Course-The Cultural Context

For Leaving Cert English, you will be asked to study three texts as part of your comparative course, under different modes of comparison. Generally, you will study a novel, a play and a film. Your job is to compare the differences and similarities in all three texts under a certain mode, for example, Cultural Context,Continue reading “Introduction to the Comparative Course-The Cultural Context”

King Lear: Act 3, Scene 2

The next scene follows Lear as he wanders around the heath challenging the weather to take him on. He asks the weather to do its worst as he thinks about the cruelty of his two daughters. ‘Blow, wind and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow!’ The fool begs Lear to go back and talk to hisContinue reading “King Lear: Act 3, Scene 2”

King Lear: Act 3, Scene 1

On the heath, a storm is raging, as Kent goes off in search of Lear who is missing in the storm, since he left his daughters. A knight informs Kent that Lear is somewhere in the area, along with his fool. Kent tells the knight that there is bad blood festering between Cornwall and AlbanyContinue reading “King Lear: Act 3, Scene 1”

King Lear: Act 2, Scene 4

Lear along with his fool arrive at Gloucester’s castle , where he sees Kent in the stocks and is outraged that his daughter and son-in-law would treat one of his servants in this manner, clearly an insult to Lear himself. ‘Tis worse than murder, to do upon respect such violent outrage.’ Lear demands to speakContinue reading “King Lear: Act 2, Scene 4”

King Lear: Act 2, Scene 3

With Kent asleep in the stocks, Edgar enters, still on the run from his father’s manhunt. In order to stay alive, he must cast off his fine clothes and lose his clean look, instead, “My face I’ll grime with filth, blanket my loins, elf all my hair with knots…” Edgar is going to pretend toContinue reading “King Lear: Act 2, Scene 3”

King Lear: Act 2, Scene 2 Summary and Questions

Kent arrives at Gloucester’s castle, still disguised as a peasant, with a letter for Gloucester. He meets Kent, who doesn’t recognise him. Kent begins to abuse Oswald calling him, “A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats, a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three suited, hundred pound, worsted stocking knave…” Kent draws his sword andContinue reading “King Lear: Act 2, Scene 2 Summary and Questions”

King Lear: Act 2, Scene 1 Summary and Questions

The scene is set in Gloucester’s castle, where one of the servants tells Edmund that Regan and her husband, the duke of Cornwall are coming to the castle that night. Curan also mentions that tensions are rising between the duke of Cornwall and Albany, Goneril’s husband. Edmund’s manipulative mind is delighted about the visit, asContinue reading “King Lear: Act 2, Scene 1 Summary and Questions”

King Lear: Act 1 Scene 5 Summary and Questions

Lear sends Kent with a letter to Gloucester and tells him to be quick or he will be there before the letter. The fool continues to tell Lear about the mistakes he has made and tells him that Regan is as bad if not worse than Goneril. At the end of the short scene, LearContinue reading “King Lear: Act 1 Scene 5 Summary and Questions”