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" Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all ? Thou 'It come no more, Never, never, never, never, never ! Pray you, undo this button : thank you, sir. "
The British Essayists: With Prefaces Biographical, Historical and Critical - Page 180
by Lionel Thomas Berguer - 1823
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King Lear, by William Shakespeare

Lloyd Cameron - 2001 - 102 pages
...But he breaks off when Lear speaks over the body of Cordelia. Lear asks the unanswerable question: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? (lines 280-281) He howls out the word 'never' five times and he calls on those around him to 'look'...
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The Plays of Shakespeare: A Thematic Guide

Victor L. Cahn - 2001 - 361 pages
...King Lear leaves us more unsettled than ever. As Lear holds the dying Cordelia in his arms, he asks: "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life,/ And thou no breath at all?" (V, iii, 307). Why does such suffering as we have witnessed exist in the world? How, then, can we speak...
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Nuove frontiere del diritto: dialoghi su giustizia e verità

Pietro Barcellona - 2001 - 244 pages
...Cordelia morta, re Lear non piange la mone di un essere vivente, ma quella morte, la morte della figlia: «Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, and thou no breath at all?». È solo perché può ricevere (dalla psyché) un'identità e un senso, che il bios acquista un valore,...
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Enter the Body: Women and Representation on Shakespeare's Stage

Carol Chillington Rutter - 2001 - 218 pages
...interrogation of existential absurdity contained no rage, just a reedy-voiced geriatric bewilderment - 'Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, / And thou no breath at all?' As 'Never, never, never, never, never' faded into silence, the rocking stopped. Just as violently,...
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The Wheel of Fire: Interpretations of Shakespearian Tragedy

George Wilson Knight - 2001 - 393 pages
...The death of Cordelia is the last and most horrihle of all the horrihle incongruities I have noticed: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, And thou no hreath at all? (v. iii. 308) We rememher: 'Upon such sacrifices, my Cordelia, the gods themselves dirow...
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Shakespeare Survey, Volume 13

Allardyce Nicoll - 2002 - 200 pages
...and eyes to howl 'That heaven's vault should crack' (v, iii, 259), and in his despairing question: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? (v, iii, 306-7) The problem becomes more overwhelming when we consider that, unlike the problems Shakespeare...
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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy

Claire McEachern - 2002 - 274 pages
...series of powerful monosyllables: OTHELLO Damn her, lewd minx! O, damn her! damn her! (3.3.476) LEAR Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? (5.3.279-80) MACBETH ... a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard...
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In Words and Deeds: The Spectacle of Incest in English Renaissance Tragedy

Zenón Luis Martínez, Zenon Luis-Matinez - 2002 - 296 pages
...anagnorisis, which includes, among other things, his resistance to accept the evidence of Cordelia's death: Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou 'It come no more, Never, never, never, never, never! Pray you, undo this button: thank you, Sir....
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Our Greatest Writers: And Their Major Works

John Carrington - 2003 - 331 pages
...those destroyed and an uncomprehending awe before the evil that caused the destruction. 'King Lear' Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, And thou no breath at all? Thou lt come no more, Never, never, never, never, never! At the end of the play, Lear enters with Cordelia...
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Shakespeare Survey, Issue 51

Stanley Wells - 2003 - 424 pages
...unignorable. An illustration will make the point: LEAR And my poor fool is hanged. No, no, FnoF life! Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life And thou no breath at all? QOQ thou'lt come no more, Never, never, never, Fnever, never.F [to Edgar?] Pray you undo this button....
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