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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LEAROfall these bounds, even fromthis linetothis, Withshadowy forests and
withchampains rich'd, With plenteous rivers and wideskirted meads,  We
make thee lady: to thine and Albany's issues Be this perpetual. – What says our
... of Hecat and the night;  By all theoperation of the orbs Fromwhom we do
exist and cease to be; Here Idisclaim allmy paternal care, Propinquity and
property of blood, And as astranger to my heart and me Hold thee from this for
Answer mylife my judgment: Thy youngest daughterdoes notlove thee least; Nor
are thoseemptyhearted whose low sounds Reverb no hollowness. LEAR Kent,
on thy life, no more! KENT My life Inever held but as a pawn  Towage
Revoke thy gift,  Or, whilst Ican vent clamour from my throat, I'll tell thee thou
dost evil. LEAR Hearme, recreant; On thine allegiance, hear me. That thou hast
sought to make us break our vows Which we durst never yet – and with strain'd ...
Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon, Be it lawful I take up what's cast away.
Gods, gods! 'tis strange that from their cold'st neglect  My loveshould kindle
to inflam'd respect. Thydow'rless daughter, King, thrown to my chance, Isqueen of