Sajid Malik In: Drama Explain animal imagery in King Lear Explain animal imagery in King Lear King LearShakespeare 1 Answer Lucifer Morningstar When angels fall, they also rise 2 Questions 268 Answers 120 Best Answers 1,299 Points View Profile Lucifer Morningstar When angels fall, they also rise Added an answer on July 30, 2019 at 12:08 am Shakespeare employs animal imagery throughout King Lear to lend animal characteristics (perceived) to human characters. King Lear is described as a dragon for he is consumed with fiery rage at the inability of Cordelia to flatter him with praise. Goneril’s words of empty praise are described as venom of a serpent. Regan and Goneril’s betrayal earns them the title of pelican sisters or vultures. Once Lear reunites with Cordelia, they both desire to sing like birds but are imprisoned much like birds in a steel cage. In a lot of ways, humans and animals are portrayed are having the same and basic instincts that manifest in our truest nature. 1 Login to Reply Share Share Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Sorry, you do not have a permission to answer to this question.