King Lear, writing homework help: Trace the different stages of Lear’s insanity.

  1. Trace the different stages of Lear’s insanity. Is it true that King Lear is the tragedy of a “man going sane”, as some critics suggest?
  2. Discuss the role of the Fool in King Lear.
  3. What is the significance of the Gloucester subplot?
  4. Compare Lear’s three daughters. By what means does Shakespeare deepen the contrast between Cordelia and her two sinister sisters.
  5. Sketch the character of Kent. How is he similar to Lear?
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