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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REGAN I ammade of that self metal as my sister, Andprize me ather worth. In my
true heart  I find shenames my very deed of love; Only shecomes too short,
that I profess Myself anenemy to all other joys Which the most precious square of
Although our last and least; to whoseyoung love The vines ofFrance andmilk of
Burgundy Strive to be interess'd; what can you say to draw  A third more
opulent than your sisters? Speak. CORDELIA Nothing, my lord. LEAR Nothing!
... and Attendants. FRANCE Bid farewell to your sisters. CORDELIA The jewels of
FRANCE Bid farewell to your sisters. CORDELIA The jewels of our father, with
wash'd eyes Cordelia leaves you. I know you what you are;  And,like a sister
, am mostloath tocall Your faultsasthey are named. Love well our father. To your ...