King Lear Quarto Analysis

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King Lear: Quarto vs. Folio
During the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, conventions had it that the senior remaining character speaks the last speech. This final speech marked the assumption into power of this character. In King Lear, we expect Albany to carry the day at the end of the play and ascend into power because he is husband to the eldest daughter of the king. But astonishingly, he is reluctant and suggests Edgar and Kent to share power. This is probably as a result of the chaos that arose at the beginning of the play when Lear brought about some divisions in the kingdom. Albany’s suggestion seemed to Kent as a foolish one and she withdrew gracefully probably to commit suicide. As a result, Edgar (who
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Logic advocates that the Quarto was the first version of the play and Folio the second. The textual variations present to us a unique opportunity to perceive the plays by way of working scripts. Critics claim that King Leah is not a rebuilding of Shakespeare’s works but rather a reconstruction by editors. For example, Shakespeare would have been highly challenged in regard to the following exchanges as found in the conventional editorial …show more content…
But Shakespeare would use a different model. He always discerned, that for rhetorical impression you reiterate something three times, not four. The Quarto edition gives the original three interchanges, with the ‘By Jupiter’ line going directly into ‘they durst not do’t’. In the Folio edition however, Shakespeare introduced the idea of answering ‘By Jupiter’ with Kent’s ‘By Juno’ line. But the line was not just added, like modern editors do: he created a new paired exchange, and compensated by removing the previous one. ‘No, no; they would not’ and ‘Yes, they have’ are omitted from the

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