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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KENT Good my liege  LEAR Peace, Kent! Come not between the dragon
and his wrath. I lov'd her most, and thought to set my rest On her kind nursery. [To
Cordelia] Hence, and avoid my sight! So be my grave my peace as here I give.
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 your large speeches may your
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