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" Lear. O, reason not the need ; our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous : Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. "
The Plays and Poems of William Shakspeare: With the Corrections and ... - Page 129
by William Shakespeare - 1821
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King Lear

Jennifer Mulherin, Abigail Frost - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2001 - 31 pages
...own troubles, asks if Tom's' How many knights? Gon. Hear me, my lord. What need you five- andtwenty, ten, or five, To follow in a house, where twice so...one? Lear. O! reason not the need; our basest beggars Arc in the poorest thing superfluous: Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap...
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King Lear, by William Shakespeare

Lloyd Cameron - English literature - 2001 - 102 pages
...exposes their paucity of feeling and imagination in his final speech before he rushes out into the storm: O reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the...than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. (Act II, Sc. iv, lines 257-260) Language The language of King Lear is an aspect of the play that has...
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King Lear: A Guide to the Play

Jay L. Halio - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 128 pages
...Lear of all of his knights and reduce him to complete dependence. Trying to reason with them, he says "Our basest beggars / Are in the poorest thing superfluous....than nature needs, / Man's life is cheap as beast's" (257-59). In other words, by reducing a person's needs to the lowest common denominator, one can no...
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Vagrancy, Homelessness, and English Renaissance Literature

Linda Woodbridge - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 338 pages
...arrant whore, / Ne'er turns the key to the poor" (2.4.51-52). Beggars are but a step above beasts: Our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous....nature more than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beasts. (2.4.266-69) Talk of famine recurs: "he that keeps nor crust nor crumb" ( 1.4.195 ). The Fool,...
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King Lear

William Shakespeare - Juvenile Nonfiction - 2002 - 162 pages
...horoscope? A5 'Monster Ingratitude!' (/, 5, 35). Is ingratitude always as detestable as Lear believes? A6 O! reason not the need; our basest beggars Are in...than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. (2, 4, 261-4) What determines 'need' in different societies? A7 Do you agree with the Fool (j, 2, 10-...
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Lectures on Shakespeare

W. H. Auden - Drama - 2002 - 398 pages
...'The offices of nature, bond of childhood" better than Goneril (II.iv.181). Lear cries out to Regan: O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in...than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. (II.iv.267-70) Lear, contending with the storm, calls upon it to "Crack Nature's moulds, all germains...
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Playing Lear

Oliver Ford Davies - Drama - 2003 - 211 pages
...Goneril and Regan press their advantage, and ask why he needs any knights at all. Lear bursts out, O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in...than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. Where does such a response come from? It shows an awareness of the human condition, a philosophy that...
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A Routledge Literary Sourcebook on William Shakespeare's King Lear

Grace Ioppolo - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 192 pages
...power in you. I0 Condition. To follow in a house, where twice so many Have a command to tend you? REGAN What need one? LEAR O reason not the need! Our basest...superfluous. Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life's as cheap as beast's. Thou art a lady; If only to go warm were gorgeous," Why needs not what...
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Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies

Piotr Sadowski - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 327 pages
...ever-diminishing numbers marking the merciless and final destruction of Lear's royal persona: Goneril: Hear me, my lord: What need you five and twenty? Ten?...house where twice so many Have a command to tend you? Regan: What need one? (2.2.449-52) This turning point marks the death of Lear's social identity as...
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From Teaching to Mentoring: Principle and Practice, Dialogue and Life in ...

Lee Herman, Alan Mandell - Education - 2004 - 231 pages
...remembered the phrase or why it now kept revolving in my head. But after a few minutes. I found the quote: O. reason not the need! our basest beggars Are in...than nature needs. Man's life is cheap as beast's. (Shakespeare 1974: III. i. 264-267) I wasn't sure I really understood the quote (and I was too excited...
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