King Lear: A Tragedy
King Lear is driven to the brink of madness by his own actions when he disinherits his youngest daughter, the lovely Cordelia, because of her inability to express her love for him. Having divided his realm between his remaining daughters, Goneril and Regan, Lear is betrayed by his two foolish and deceitful children, and is left to wander the heath with only his Fool, his servant Caius, and the madman Tom O’Bedlam for company. Eventually reunited with Cordelia, Lear is too late repents his rashness, and must face the tragic consequences of his choices.
Known as “The Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest English-language writer known. Enormously popular during his life, Shakespeare’s works continue to resonate more than three centuries after his death, as has his influence on theatre and literature. Shakespeare’s innovative use of character, language, and experimentation with romance as tragedy served as a foundation for later playwrights and dramatists, and some of his most famous lines of dialogue have become part of everyday speech.
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A Tragedy William Shakespeare. D R A M A T I S P E R S O N A E LEAR King of
Britain KING OF FRANCE DUKE OF BURGUNDY DUKE OFCORNWALL DUKE
OFALBANY EARL OF KENT EARL OF GLOUCESTER EDGAR sonto Gloucester
... then LEAR, then the DUKES OF ALBANY and CORNWALL, next GONERIL,
REGAN, CORDELIA, with Followers. LEARAttend the LordsofFrance and
Burgundy, Gloucester. GLOUCESTER I shall, my liege. [Exeunt Gloucester and
The Princes, France and Burgundy,  Great rivals inour youngest daughter's
love, Long in ourcourt have made their amorous sojourn, Andhere are tobe
answer'd. Tell me, my daughters Since now wewill divest us both of rule, Interest
Although our last and least; to whoseyoung love The vines ofFrance andmilk of
Burgundy Strive to be interess'd; what can you say to draw  A third more
opulent than your sisters? Speak. CORDELIA Nothing, my lord. LEAR Nothing!
Call Burgundy.Cornwall and Albany, Withmy two daughters' dowersdigest this
third. Letpride, whichshe calls plainness, marry her. I do invest you jointly with my
power,  Preeminence, and allthe large effects That troop with what majesty.