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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I have sooftenblush'd to acknowledge him that now I am braz'dto't. KENT I cannot
conceive you.  GLOUCESTER Sir, this young fellow's mother could;
whereupon shegrew roundwomb'd, and hadindeed, sir,a sonfor hercradle ereshe
GLOUCESTER But I have a son,sir, by order oflaw, some year elder than this,
whoyet isno dearer in my account. Though this knave came something saucilyto
the world before he was sent for, yetwashis mother fair; therewasgood sport athis
KENT Royal Lear, Whom I have ever honour'd as my king,  Lov'd as my
father, as my master follow'd, As my great patron thought onin myprayers LEAR
The bow is bent and drawn; make from the shaft. KENT Let it fall rather, though
... Itisnovicious blot, murder,orfoulness, No unchasteaction or dishonoured step,
That hath depriv'd me of your grace and favour;  Butevenfor want of that for
which Iam richer A stillsoliciting eye, and such a tongue That I am glad Ihave not,
 GONERIL Sister, it is not little I have to say of what most nearly appertains to
us both. I think our father will hence tonight. REGAN That's most certain, and
withyou; nextmonth withus. GONERIL You see how full of changes his ageis; the.