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King Lear Notes on Setting, Objects & Places

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King Lear Objects/Places

England and France: Territorial issues over these two countries spur the beginning of the play and its end, as well as the tone throughout. When Lear decides to give his kingdom to his daughters in the first act, the natural order is disturbed and the play chronicles the repercussions. While the King of France disappears after the first scene, the symbol of his country plays a big role in the actions of the play.

Clothing: The play sends a message that clothing makes the man. It isn't until Lear sheds his clothing and Edgar wears a whole new set of clothing that both men regain their positions in the play.

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