Thoughts on King Lear (Act 3 Scene 2)

So, we finally came to the scene everybody knows about… the storm scene.

King Lear: Blow winds, and crack your cheeks!  Rage, blow… Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once That make ingrateful man!

Fool: O nuncle, court holy-water in a dry house is better than this rain-water out o’ door.  Good nuncle, in, ask thy daughter’s blessing.

First of all, I just love how the fool calls Lear “Nuncle.”  It just seems kinda cute to me.

The speech I so wonderfully abbreviated is one of the most famous speeches by Shakespeare.  Let me post the whole thing:

King Lear: Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!  You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks! You sulphurous and thought-executing fires, Vaunt-couriers to oak-cleaving thunderbolts, Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder, Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world! Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once That make ingrateful man!

Here we see, basically, King Lear going nuts.  He is basically cursing his daughters indirectly.  The fool then tries to soften him up, hoping that he King would see that he was more or less a dead man if he stayed out in the rain like he was.  Later, Kent comes, and attempts to bring Lear to his senses.  Kent and the Fool had love for Lear.  They put his well being before their own.

-Paulie

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on King Lear (Act 3 Scene 2)

  1. captainwafflez says:

    My favourite scene in King Lear.. possibly my favourite of all Shakespeare (she says tentatively) Although Mercutio’s Queen Mab speech in Romeo and Wench is a close second..

    🙂

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