King Lear

King Lear

Author: William Shakespeare was born in Stratford - on - Avon in 1564
(April 26). He was the son of a wealthy tradesman of political
influence. In 1582 he married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older
than him.
In 1586 he went to London, leaving his wife and children in Stratford.
He died there on April 23rd 1616.

Famous works: Romeo and Juliet, King Henry IV, King Henry VIII and many
others more.

The drama "King Lear" was written in 1605 / 06.

Persons: Lear - King of Britain; an impatient, hot tempered man
Goneril - eldest daughter; wife of the Duke of Albang
Regan - second daughter; wife of the Duke of Cornwall
Cordelia - youngest daughter; wife of the King of France
Earl of Gloucester
Edmund - his bastard son
Earl of Kent

King Lear: dominating character, is self confident and high handed; he
is too hot tempered;
Has no judge of men and is very impatient. His contempt of men is the
Striking attribute.

Fools: In Shakespeare’s works and plays: are the guides through the
plays and interpret the
Truth. They are the clever and wise characters and not the others.

Story: King Lear divides his kingdom among. Daughters according to their
affection. Only the King of France, marries her later, and the Earl of
Kent protect her. Lear banishes his friend the Earl. Edmunds want his
brother’s possession. He writes a letter, which convinces the Earl that
Edgar is planning to murder him. Edgar must flee.
In the meantime Goneril treats her father with disrespect and reduces
the number of his follower. He goes to angrily to Regan’s castle. Regan
refuse to house her father until he has apologized to Goneril. She leave
Lear together with Kent and his fool out in a terrible storm. The
elements are raging. By and by Lear lose his mind. Gloucester warns him
that his eldest daughter are plotting against his life and he sends him
to Dover where he will find in army under Cordelia, who came from
France to protect him.
Edmund show Goneril, Regan and the Duke of Cornwall a letter wich
approves his father, working to France. Regan blind the Earl of
Gloucester. Wonderin through the counterpide he meets Poor Tom, take him
to Dover where he will commit suicide. There Edgar leads his father to
the cliffs. Immagining he had jumped from them, Gloucester finds himself
save by miracle. The Duke of Albany has defeat the French, Cordelia and
Lear are imprisoned and Edmund orders their execution. Goneril poison
Regan because both love Edmund. When the mother turns out she stab
Edgar kills Edmund in a fight. Then he save Lear and Cordelia, but it is
too late. She is already hanged and he die of a broken heart.

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