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King Lear Essay

  • Submitted by: bplinta
  • on September 3, 2013
  • Category: Shakespeare
  • Length: 1,176 words

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In drama the theme of the six hour work shop is ‘King Lear’ by William Shakespeare.   The play is a tragedy where the story opens in ancient Britain, where the elderly King Lear is deciding to give up his power and divide his realm amongst his three daughters, Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril. Lear's plan is to give the largest piece of his kingdom to the daughter, who professes to love him the most, certain that his favourite daughter, Cordelia, will win the challenge. Goneril and Regan lie to their father with sappy and excessive amount of affection. Cordelia, however, refuses to engage in Lear's game, and replies simply that she loves him as a daughter should. With her saying that, it enrages Lear, and he disowns Cordelia completely. The two selfish daughters now have stopped pretending to love King Lear and treat him with cruelty, then by the end of the play ends in death by various methods including poison and suicide. Cordelia dies and King Lear, now a broken man, also dies.  
We used those basic feelings with Stanislavski’s method, we used physicalisation to help us explore the text, to feel grumpy when we would slouch and put our body weight to one side looking down for a little while you start to develop the mood automatically without having to think of any memories that can do the same thing as you might not fully get out of that mood if you were to do a happier scene straight after.  
At the start of every lesson we started with a warm up session, in the third session the whole class would walk around the stage to show emotions that link to weather e.g. storm: I would move being angry with sharp movements almost copying the ways a storm would attack the sky. And then I would use vocals by making frustrated noises and then start putting some dialogue into it. Then after the warm up, our teacher would play disk that has sound effects of a storm and use lighting too, the whole class would act towards it being either be defeated and tell the storm that they...

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