QueenʼsMen Editions

About this text

  • Title: King Leir
  • Author: Peter Cockett

  • Copyright Queen's Men Editions. This text may be freely used for educational, non-profit purposes; for all other uses contact the Editor.
    Author: Peter Cockett
    Peer Reviewed

    King Leir

    Queen's Men Dramaturgy: Narrative Over-Determination (Sc. 14)

    Read about narrative over-determination in scene 13

    Ragan says here that she already believes that Leir has abused her sister (TLN 1141-1143), effectively rendering the arrival of Gonorill's message redundant. Once again, the company seems less interested in creating a surprising turn of events than in stoking fearful anticipation of a predictable course of events. This dramaturgical strategy could possibly be a reflection of the protestant philosophy of divine providence. In the following scene, her reaction to Gonorill's letter (TLN 1172), while amusing, seems a little extreme given what she tells us here.

    Read more about narrative over-determination.