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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[Sennet] The King is coming. Enter One bearing a coronet; then LEAR, then the
DUKES OF ALBANY and CORNWALL, next GONERIL, REGAN, CORDELIA, with
Followers. LEARAttend the LordsofFrance and Burgundy, Gloucester.
Only we shall retain  Thename, and allth' addition to a king: Thesway,
revenue, execution of the rest, Beloved sons, be yours; which to confirm,
Thiscoronet part between you. KENT Royal Lear, Whom I have ever honour'd as
my king, ...