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21. Act 4, Scene 6: Edgar Kills Oswald
About this Lecture
In this module, we read through the last part of Act 4, Scene 6, focusing in particular on: (i) the theme of pity and the Aristotelian concept of ‘catharsis’; (ii) Edgar’s duel with Oswald and his coming-of-age from squire to knight; and (iii) the sound of the drums in the background that presages the coming battle.
In this twenty-five part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Shakespeare’s King Lear. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, political and intellectual context of early 17th-century England. After that, we go through the play scene by scene, providing close reading and detailed analysis, with commentary on character, plot, themes and motifs, language, symbolism – and more.
We use the Arden (Third Series) edition of the play. Students using a different edition of the play may encounter slight differences in both the text and line numbers.
John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.
Cite this Lecture
McRae, J. (2019, February 26). Shakespeare: King Lear - Act 4, Scene 6: Edgar Kills Oswald [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/shakespeare-king-lear-john-mcrae/act-4-scene-6-edgar-kills-oswald
McRae, J. "Shakespeare: King Lear – Act 4, Scene 6: Edgar Kills Oswald." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 26 Feb 2019, https://www.massolit.io/courses/shakespeare-king-lear-john-mcrae/act-4-scene-6-edgar-kills-oswald