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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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, honour; As much as child e'er lov'd, or father found
CORDELIA Good my lord,  You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me; I Return
those duties hack as areright fit, Obey you, loveyou, and most honour you. Why
have my sisters husbands, ifthey say Theylove youall? Haply,when I shall wed, ...
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
When power to flattery bows? To plainness honour's bound When majesty
fallstofolly. Reserve thy state; And in thy best consideration check 
Thishideous rashness. Answer mylife my judgment: Thy youngest daughterdoes
notlove thee ...