Dunbar Quotes

Aubyn, Edward St.
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I mean who can tell me who I am, who I really am?”
-- Dunbar (chapter 3 paragraph 3)

Importance: This line is important because it corresponds to the moment in King Lear after Goneril has refused Lear entry into her home with his one-hundred knights and her servants have been rude to him. Lear says aloud, “Who is it that can tell me who I am?” (1.4.236), to which the Fool responds, “Lear’s shadow” (1.4.237). This moment is crucial because it takes questions like identity, madness, and stability and turn them on their head. Dunbar is grasping for the angry, obstinate, commanding, life-embracing person he knows he is when outside forces like his daughters and the medical staff want him to be a sedated, diluted version of himself. If he can be changed so completely and so quickly, he has to wonder: does he even know himself?

She was mostly amoral, sometimes conventionally moral, and often opportunistically...
-- Dr. Bob (chapter 2 paragraph 3)

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