King Lear Performance Soliloquy

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David McLean
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11th - 12th, Higher Education
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Every actor must thoroughly process a passage before performance - especially if an audition is on the horizon. This resource breaks down Edmund's opening soliloquy from Shakespeare's 'King Lear' by looking at the themes, language and synopsis associated with the piece to allow for a more insightful delivery by an actor. An opportunity is provided to then reflect on one's performance by using a template of questions.
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8 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.


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