King Lear Analysis of the Fool, Storm and Reconciliation Scene

King Lear:Analysis of the Fool, Storm and Reconciliation Scene

In this article, we are trying to give a full description of King Lear analysis of the Fool; King Lear Dramatic significant of the Storm Scene and Reconciliation scene between King Lear and Cordelia.

King Lear-Analysis of The Fool

King Lear is the only play in which as Fool has been introduce by Shakespeare. The fool use to be a professional jester or clown whose function was to amuse the king by his jokes an witty remarks. The Fool enjoy a good deal of freedom to speak on any subject without any restraint. The object in introducing the Fool seems to have been to provide comic relief in the play. The Fool in King Lear has perhaps evoke much criticism than any other character in the play. The Fool comments at the Lear dignity from a kind of chronic counter part which add a depth any complexity to this tragic play. The first mention of the Fool comes when Lear who is pending his first month after giving a way. His entire Kingdom to his daughter, when he ask one of his Knights:

Where is my knave? My Fool, Go you and called my Fool Trither.

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The Knight reply that, since Cordelia, departure from France, the Fool has much pined away. The reply by the knight shows that Fool was greatly attached to Cordelia and her having gone away to France has greatly depressed the Fool. This make us to see the human sight of the Fool. 

Critical analysis of The King Lear and The Fool

Professor Brand argues that the Fool might be non other than the Cordelia herself. The suggestion of the describing of the two parts arose as a means for explaining the disappearance of the Fool in Act II as well as his failure to appear in the first scene of the play.

Miss Janet spen thinks that the parts were doubled because Cordelia and the Fool never appears on the stage at the same time, Cordelia and the Fool functions as one character. Both remains faithful to his master seeing beyond the old man’s folly. Later Lear carrying the body of Cordelia in his arms says: ‘ And my poor Fool is hanged’. 

In the final analysis we may conclude that the Fool is admirable character for his constant royalty to his revival king. 

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King Lear: Dramatic significant of the Storm Scene

The storm scene describe in Act III has a dramatic significance providing a fruitful medium in understand and also heightening the effect of the moral crises and Lear is mental, breakdown. The storm scene would be better understand by studying it with relation to the surroundings, which includes scenery, atmosphere and local color. The terrific tempest describe in Act III has considerable effect on the progress of the Lear’s mental breakdown, which, beginning with the heartless cruelty of his two daughters and the callousness of Cromwell reached its climax. The storm scene where Lear is exposed to all the Furry of the element, though grand and terrible, is not so fine but the moralizing scene with Mad Tom, Kent and Gloucester are upon a par with the former. 

The picture of the old king “Contending with the Fretful elements ;/ videos the wind blow the Earth into sea or swell the curled waters above the main.” is one of the image which feels us with the feeling of pity and awe. We find him calling upon the wind to blow into the sea or to raise the water to submerge the Earth and upon the Thunder to shake the world to pieces. This scene calls for pity for Lear. According to his varying moods he tries to out scorn the wind and rain, call on the God to find out their enemies ;appea for pitty:

Here I stand your slave, A poor, infirm, weak and dispaised old man

Reconciliation scene between King Lear and Cordelia

The reconciliation scene between King Lear and Cordelia occurs in Act IV of the play ‘King Lear’. In this scene Lear is finally able to reunite with Cordelia and express his new found humanity and beg repentance:

Lear: Be your tears wet? Yes fate. I pray weep not….If you’ve poison for me, I will drink it. I know you don’t love me; for your sisters. Have, as I do remember, done me wrong you have some cause, they have not (Act IV scene VII, line 71-75)

Moreover Cordelia also appears with her total benevolence when she addresses Lear as ‘Royal God’,  it is clear that she refers to Lear  with the respect that he deserves as a king. In contras to Goneril’s and Ragen’s formal ‘My Lord’ it is even that they do not display the same love and respect that Cordelia has for Lear. Lear’s reply to her shows an urge to seek death. 


It is quiet clear that this point the ascending of the fortunes of evil characters within the play is hand, especially when the war between Cordelia and Goneril, forces results in the capture of Lear and Cordelia. Lear’s referral to Cordelia as a spirit is also significant because it shows that Lear seems to think that she is death. Like the Gloucester at the cliff of Dover, Lear faces these scene stoically, admitting his wrongs doing. Lear’s repeated question of “where have I been? Where am I?” brings the great sadness to the stage. 

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