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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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The Fragmentation of the Proper Name and the Crisis of Degree ...

Radhouan Ben Amara - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 132 pages
...himself as a knowable object, the basis for the orders of knowledge in which he lives and develops: "LEAR: O! reason not the need; our basest beggars//...not nature more than nature needs,// Man's life is as cheap as beast's." (II, iv, 262-265) King Lear also brings under scrutiny Shakespeare's perceptions...
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The Wild Region in Life-History

Laszlo Tengelyi - Philosophy - 2004 - 222 pages
...of this is in Shakespeare's King Lear, when Lear tells his two elder daughters, Goneril and Regan: O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in...superfluous, Allow not nature more than nature needs, Men's life is cheap as beast's. (2.2.453-56) 112 Lacan calls the above semantic shift — adopting...
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The Great Comedies and Tragedies

William Shakespeare - Drama - 2005 - 896 pages
...Goneril] I'll go with thee. Thy fifty yet doth double five and twenty, And thou art twice her love. Hear me, my lord. What need you five and twenty, ten,...house where twice so many Have a command to tend you? What need one? 0 reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the poorest things superfluous. 260...
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Jewish Writing and the Deep Places of the Imagination

Mark Krupnick - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 382 pages
...to care for him? Grief-stricken and enraged, Lear launches forth on one of his many great speeches: "O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars / Are...than nature needs, / Man's life is cheap as beast's." In the next act, Lear is led out of the storm into the hovel of another figure driven to madness by...
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Aesthetic Democracy

Thomas Docherty - Philosophy - 2006 - 185 pages
...he has for twenty-five, ten, five, or even one man to assist in his retinue, to which Lear replies, O reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the...than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. (2.4) Lear's great problem, of course, is that for him, love is quantifiable; and its quantity can...
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German Shakespeare Studies at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century

Christa Jansohn - Drama - 2006 - 318 pages
...answered Regan's question: "What need one?" by insisting on the precedence of culture over nature: O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in...than nature needs, Man's life is cheap as beast's. (2.2.453-56) But now, in act 3, contenancing the naked beggar Tom, the hierarchy is reversed. Culture,...
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Passion And Social Constraint

Ernest Van Den Haag - Philosophy - 1963 - 368 pages
...his courtiers were functionally unnecessary, a luxury, Lear rightly, though in vain, entreated: Oh, reason not the need. Our basest beggars Are in the...superfluous. Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man's life's as cheap as beast's. Turning directly to Regan, Lear averred: Thou art a lady. If only to go...
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The Best-loved Plays of Shakespeare

Jennifer Mulherin, William Shakespeare, Abigail Frost - English literature - 2004 - 160 pages
...servants wander over a lonelv heath. How many knights? Gon. Hear me, my lord Wlmt need you five-andtwenty, ten, or five, To follow in a house, where twice so many Have a command to tend you? Reg. What need one'Lear. O! reason not the need; our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous: Allow not...
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Deep Comedy: Trinity, Tragedy, and Hope in Western Literature

Peter J. Leithart - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 159 pages
...to Gonerill for more favorable treatment: Gonerill: Hear me, my lord; What need you five-and-twenty, ten, or five To follow, in a house where twice so many Have a command to tend you? Regan: What need one? (2.4.254—258) Anguished, Lear cries "O, reason not the need!" If man is allowed...
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X-kit Literature Series: FET King Lear

2007 - 68 pages
...play. Lear looks with sympathy at the concept of human need, and shows some insight and growth. Lear Oh reason not the need.' Our basest beggars Are in the...nature more than nature needs Man's life is cheap as beast's.2 Thou art a lady; 265 If only to go warm were gorgeous, Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous...
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