King Lear Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why can King Lear's son-in-laws not tell who Lear loves best in the beginning of the play?

Lear's son-in-laws cannot tell who Lear loves the most based on the planned division of Lear's kingdom.

2. Why is King Lear dividing up his kingdom?

King Lear is dividing up his kingdom because he wants to retire.

3. How is King Lear going to divide up his kingdom?

King Lear is going to divide up his kingdom among his daughters based on how each daughter expresses her love of him.

4. Why are Goneril and Regan awarded large parts of the kingdom?

Goneril and Regan are awarded large parts of the kingdom because they expressed their love for Lear in flowery words that say they love their father more than anything else.

5. Why does Edmund bemoan the fact that he is illegitimate?

Edmund bemoans his illegitimacy because it means that his will not inherit his father's land.

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