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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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
LEAR Nothing! CORDELIA Nothing. LEAR Nothing will come of nothing. Speak
again.  CORDELIA Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave Myheart intomy mouth.
I love your Majesty According to my bond; no more nor less. LEAR How, how ...
 LEAR So young and so untender? 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 ...
KENT Royal Lear, Whom I have ever honour'd as my king,  Lov'd as my
father, as my master follow'd, As my great patron thought onin myprayers LEAR
The bow is bent and drawn; make from the shaft. KENT Let it fall rather, though
Reserve thy state; And in thy best consideration check  Thishideous
rashness. Answer mylife my judgment: Thy youngest daughterdoes notlove thee
least; Nor are thoseemptyhearted whose low sounds Reverb no hollowness.
LEAR Kent ...