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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 GLOUCESTER His breeding, sir, hath been at my charge. 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 ...
Remember him hereafter as my honourable friend. EDMUND Myservices to your
lordship. KENT Imust love you, and sue to know you better.  EDMUND Sir,
Ishall study deserving. GLOUCESTER He hath been out nine years, and away he
BURGUNDY Most royal Majesty, I crave no more than hath your Highness offer'd,
Nor will you tender less.  LEAR Right noble Burgundy, When she was
deartous,we did hold her so; But now her price is fallen. Sir, thereshe stands: If
If for I want that glib and oily art  To speak and purpose not, since what I well
intend I'll do'tbefore Ispeak –that you make known Itisnovicious blot, murder,
orfoulness, No unchasteaction or dishonoured step, That hath depriv'd me of your
GONERIL Letyour study Be tocontent your lord, who hath receiv'd you Atfortune's
alms. You have obedience scanted, And well are worth the want that you have
wanted.  CORDELIA Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides, ...