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King Lear Summary
William Shakespeare

Everything you need to understand or teach King Lear by William Shakespeare.

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King Lear Summary

Plot Summary

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies, exploring the role of power and deceit among families through the flawed relationship between King Lear and his three daughters.

At the opening of the play, the ageing King Lear decides that he would like to retire, so he divides the country between his three daughters, Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia. But first, he asks his daughters to profess how much they love him, saying that he will reward the most loving daughter with the most land. His eldest two daughters, Regan and Goneril, blindly flatter their father, but Cordelia, the only daughter to truly love Lear, remains silent. Lear flies into a rage and banishes Cordelia from England. She moves to France and marries the king without her father’s blessing and without inheriting any power of land from him. Almost as soon as they inherit their power...

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