King LearPlay by Shakespeare
Summary of the plot or story
The story of King Lear, an aging monarch who is headstrong old man who is blind to his weaknesses, decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, according to which one recites the best declaration of love. Goneril and egan who are the selfish daughters of Lear who pretend to love him but later treat him cruelly. !ordelia who is the loyal and unselfish daughter of Lear. "e disowns her after confusing her honesty with insolence. #dgar is Gloucester$s loyal son and heir and #dmund is Gloucester$s evil bastard son. %t first the family appear to be loving and caring but this could not be further from the truth. %s the characters unfold we find greed, betrayal, lust for power, and cruelty. &n other words, they are anything but normal and caring. The end of the play ends in death everywhere. egan dies after being poisoned by Goneril. Goneril stabs herself to death. #dgar reveals his true identity to his father, but the old man dies. 'ortally wounded, #dmund becomes remorseful and countermands his order to hang !ordelia. (ut it is too late, and !ordelia dies. Lear, now a broken man, falls upon !ordelia and also dies.
The settings for King Lear
The setting is #ngland
The theme of King Lear
The play is categorised as a Tragedy.
"istory of King Lear
King Lear was based on an aged monarch who was abused by his children. The origins are a folk tale that appeared first in written form in the )*th century and was based on spoken stories that originated much further back into the 'iddle %ges.
The appeal of the people that Shakespeare created
The most famous of playwrights + the most famous of plays. The plots range fromcomedy to tragedy and the great male and female comic and tragic characters who bring the plots and stories to life are the wonderful people that the great (ard created. ot only do we remember the stories but we remember the people + we all have our favourites. (ut the plays of -illiam Shakespeare go even further + we actually recall eactly what an individual character says/ "ow manyof us can 0uote from movies that we have seen1 There are a few. (ut not many / !ompare these multi+million dollar movies to the plays of the (ard. "ere are a few eamples of why the works of the (ard live on for hundreds of years after they were written and why we can all relate to the picture that the character has painted and why the great, the good, the comic and the evil characters of -illiamShakespeare will never be forgotten2