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King Lear Commentary - Act I King Lear Commentary provides a comprehensive description of every act with explanations and translations for all important quotes Act I Scene I - A Room of State in King Lears Palace King Lear tis our fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age Conferring them on younger strengths while we Unburdend crawl toward death King Lear gives his kingdom to daughters Regan and Goneril whom he believes truly love him Angry that Cordelia his youngest daughter apparently does not he banishes her and Kent who tries in vain to make King Lear reconsider Cordelia leaves and is taken by the King of France as his Queen The play begins with Kent setting the scene We learn that King Lear is to divide and give up to his daughters his kingdom and that in doing so he will not favor the Duke of Albany any more than the Duke of Cornwall as was expected We learn that Gloucester an ally of the King is embarrassed of his bastard son Edmund Lines 12-26 Lear The Duke of Cornwall The Duke of Albany and Lears three daughters Goneril Regan and Cordelia with Attendants arrive Gloucester and Edmund depart to Attend meet greet the Lords of France and Burgundy leaving Lear to outline his future plans Line 36 Lear explains that he will shake away the problems and duties of his kingdom by giving it away to his children Meantime we I King Lear shall express our darker purpose Give me the map there Know that we have divided In three our kingdom and tis it is our King Lears fast intent To shake all cares and business from our age Conferring them on younger strengths while we Unburdend crawl toward death Our son of Cornwall And you our no less loving son of Albany We have this hour a
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