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A2 English Literature/Language - Shakespeare King Lear

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    I've just started studying King Lear but finding it really difficult to understand. Could anyone please explain what these quotes mean?

    'Meantime we shall express our darker purpose'

    'Come not between the dragon and his wrath'

    'Let not women's weapons, water-drops,
    Stain my man's cheeks!'

    'O! Let me not be mad, not mad, sweet heaven;
    Keep me in temper; I would not be mad!'

    'As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods,
    They kill us for their sport'

    Also does anyone know if there are any good revision guides for King Lear?
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    Please save yourself and buy the Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare: "King Lear" [Paperback]

    Part of the "Heinemann Advanced Shakespeare" series, this version of "King Lear" aims to help A Level students understand the text and develop their own insights. It includes notes to bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level, space for students' own annotations, and activities and assignments

    Reviews: I bought this for my A level English Literature classes. It is an amazing book. On each double page spread it has one side of shakespearean words and an overview of the page and the other side is the actual text.
    It is helping me a great deal with my Alevel and I deffinately recommend this.

    See more at:

    It contains quotes, activities, questions, themes, sample essays. And as the review states on one side of the page is words/phrases and their literal meaning with an overview and on the other side the actual text. The text is about 260 pages, the rest is stuff designed to help you develop your understanding of the text as a whole.


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