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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Our son of  Cornwall, And you, our no less loving sonof Albany, We havethis
houra constant will to publish Our daughters' several dowers, that future strife
May be prevented now. The Princes, France and Burgundy,  Great rivals
LEAR Tothee and thine hereditary ever Remain this ample third ofourfair
kingdom;  No less in space, validity, and pleasure, Than that conferr'd on
Goneril. – Now, our joy, Although our last and least; to whoseyoung love The
I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less. LEAR How, how,
Cordelia! Mend your speech a little. Lest you may mar your fortunes. CORDELIA
Good my lord,  You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me; I Return those duties ...
BURGUNDY Most royal Majesty, I crave no more than hath your Highness offer'd,
Nor will you tender less.  LEAR Right noble Burgundy, When she was
deartous,we did hold her so; But now her price is fallen. Sir, thereshe stands: If