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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

The play makes many references to animals, from Lear's comparison of Goneril to a "detested kite" (1.4.274)—which is not just a child's toy but also a bird of prey—to Albany's comparison of humanity to sharks (4.2.60-61). 

What's the point? It seems that humans are no better than animals, at least in King Lear.

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