Response King Lear by Shakespeare
Act 4, scene 2 is full of a range of interesting events. Edmund and Goneril display a desire for intimacy while Albany believes that his wife is evil and has always manifested ulterior motives. Goneril and Albany engage in an intense argument that leads to their separation. This argument is only toned down upon the arrival of a messenger with the sad news of Cornwall’s death. Interestingly, however, Albany shows much concern about Edmunds betrayal of Gloucester. Albany makes a final declaration that he supports the King. The scene is highly interesting due to the degree of emotional exchange happening between the characters. For this scene, a mis-en-scene can be developed on lighting and costuming. Lighting is instrumental in giving the scene a macabre tone. The costumes help to develop the cast features. Ultimately, the cast influences the play’s meaning. The dark emotions in the scene are reflected by light illumination. The scene begins with a dramatic brightness of white light amidst thunder and lightning. Edmund and Gonril enter the castle. As Oswald welcomes them, a candle brightens the hallway. Though dim, the light is enough to enable the audience to catch a view of the sexual tension. The light brightens as emotions heighten between Albany and Goberil. The costumes are fashionable and trendy. Goneril fits a gorgeous yet evil costume. Oswald, being a servant, is dressed in black and white attire. Albany wears khaki to display his innocence. The Globe Theatre group staged the scene perfectly. Standing in front of Gloucester, Edgar held the staff trying to prevent him from nearing the edge of the cliff. Gloucester moved one foot sideways and lost his balance. To avoid tripping, he clangs to the staff.