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 courtier Old Man, tenant to Gloucester Doctor Fool OSWALD steward to Goneril
ACaptain employed by Edmund Gentleman attendant on Cordelia A Herald
Servants to Cornwall GONERIL, REGAN, CORDELIA daughters toLear Knights ...
Enter One bearing a coronet; 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.
Goneril, Our eldestborn, speak first. GONERIL Sir, I love you more than word can
wield the matter;  Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty; Beyond
whatcanbe valued, rich orrare; No less than life, with grace, health, beauty,
LEAR Tothee and thine hereditary ever Remain this ample third ofourfair
kingdom;  No less in space, validity, and pleasure, Than that conferr'd on
Goneril. – Now, our joy, Although our last and least; to whoseyoung love The
 KENT Fare thee well, King. Sith thus thou wilt appear, Freedom lives hence,
and banishment is here. [To Cordelia] The gods to their dear shelter take thee,
maid, That justly think'st, and hast most rightly said! [ToRegan and Goneril] And ...