This preview shows page 3 - 6 out of 6 pages. Subscribe to view the full document. I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer.
On Wednesday I finally experienced one of those historic nights at the Delacorte Theater when Shakespeare collides with cataclysmic weather. For several days the weather reports had predicted storms for that night, but ticket holders had been undaunted. Ignoring the lowering skies, they had packed the house.
His deepest knowledge comes from the encounter with Edgar in the disguise of Poor Tom, when his reason finally gives way before he can realize what he has done to himself. As he said:. What I rejected was the idea of starting out with a theory of the subject [
This preview shows page 2 - 4 out of 4 pages. Subscribe to view the full document. I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer.
REGAN […] Shut up your doors: He is attended with a desperate train, And what they may incense him to, being apt To have his ear abused, wisdom bids fear. My Regan counsels well. Come out o' th' storm.
To browse Academia. Skip to main content. You're using an out-of-date version of Internet Explorer.
No other non-psychiatrist has been alluded to extensively and appreciatively quoted by psychiatrists as William Shakespeare: famous psychiatrists like Conolly, Maudsley, Bucknill and Crichton-Browne to name a few eminent 19 th century men. Shakespeare's characters like Othello and Ophelia have lent their names to the syndromes named after them. In the words of Bucknill:.
Here is the place, my lord; good my lord, enter: The tyranny of the open night's too rough For nature to endure. Thou think'st 'tis much that this contentious storm Invades us to the skin: so 'tis to thee But where the greater malady is fix'd, The lesser is scarce felt. Thou'dst shun a bear; But if thy flight lay toward the raging sea, Thou'dst meet the bear i' the mouth. When the mind's free, The body's delicate: the tempest in my mind Doth from my senses take all feeling else Save what beats there.
King Lear is full of displaced people, from Lear himself, Gloucester, and most visibly, Edgar who uses the poverty of a beggar as a disguise. Lear, driven to madness, comes face to face with the plight of the poor and homeless when finding Edgar on the stormy heath. Take physic, pomp; Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel, That thou mayst shake the superflux to them And show the heavens more just.
Disguised as Poor Tom, Edgar warns Lear not to be seduced or "betray[ed" by women, to stay out of the brothels, and to keep his hands out of "plackets" slits in the skirts of petticoats. Edgar's never been betrayed by any women in the play, so what's the deal with this nasty little diatribe against women? Does Edgar hate women as much as King Lear? Or, are we meant to read this passage as the insane ramblings of a supposed madman?