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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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 sense possesses, And find I am alone felicitate In your dear Highness'
CORDELIA So young, my lord, and true. LEAR Let itbe so! Thy truth, then, be thy
dower! For, by the sacred radiance of the sun, The mysteries of Hecat and the
night;  By all theoperation of the orbs Fromwhom we do exist and cease to
LEAR Out ofmy sight! KENT See better, Lear; and let me still remain The true
blank of thine eye. LEAR Now by Apollo KENT Now, by Apollo, King, Thou swear'
st thygods in vain.  LEAR O, vassal! miscreant! [Laying his hand on his