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Assignment 5 Part 1 King Lear summary March 05 2002 Lear the aging king of Britain decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters First however he puts his daughters through a test asking each to tell him how much she loves him Goneril and Regan Lears older daughters give their father flattering answers But Cordelia Lears youngest and favorite daughter issilent saying that she has no words to describe how much she loves her father Lear flies into a rage and disowns Cordelia The king of France who has courted Cordelia says that he still wants to marry her even without her land and she goes with him to France without Lears blessing Lear learns that he made a bad decision Goneril and Regan begin to undermine the authority that Lear still holds Unable to believe that his beloved daughters are betraying him Lear slowly goes insane He flees his daughters houses to wander on a heath during a great thunderstorm accompanied by his Fool and by Kent a loyal nobleman in disguise Meanwhile an elderly nobleman named Gloucester also experiences family problems His illegitimate son Edmund tricks him into believing that his legitimate son Edgar is trying to kill him Fleeing the manhunt that his father has set for him Edgar disguises himself as a crazy beggar and calls himself Poor Tom Like Lear he heads out onto the heath When the loyal Gloucester realizes that Lears daughters have turned against their father he decides to help Lear in spite of the danger Regan and her husband Cornwall discover him helping Lear accuse him of treason blind him and turn him out to wander the countryside He ends up being led by his disguised son Edgar toward the city of Dover where Lear has also been brought In Dover a French army lands as part of an invasion led by Cordelia in an effort
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