2. The two greedy daughters come to Gloucester's home and take it over. Before they had manipulated their father, but now they are physically taking something away from a benefactor. Then they throw their father outside in the midst of a storm. Before, they had only worked to strip him of his power and caused emotional harm, but now they are putting him in physical, possibly mortal danger. Finally, the suffering that trumps all of this is the torture of Gloucester. This scene, where his eyes are gouged out is the most gruesome to be performed on the English stage.
I felt pretty good about this one when I turned it in. I think my explanations were good and my explanations were on point. The first example was influenced a bit by our reading of Dante's Inferno in which violence against a benefactor is one of the worst sins. I also got to use an idea that my professor had expressed in our last class about King Lear ("the torture of Gloucester...is the most gruesome to be performed on the English stage.") I got a check plus as a grade for this one.
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