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How do the events of Act 1 Scene 1 of ‘King Lear’ prepare the audience for what happens in the rest of the play?

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James Poulter 11n How do the events of Act 1 Scene 1 of 'King Lear' prepare the audience for what happens in the rest of the play? The events of Act 1 Scene 1 of prepare the audience for what happens in the rest of the play as Lear intends to split his kingdom between his three daughters. Because he has a weakness to flattery, he intends to get his daughters to say how much they love him and then apportion his land to them on the basis of what he thinks they deserve. Goneril and Regan take advantage of his flaw and flatter him immensely, but Cordelia, his favourite daughter, is honest and tells him truthfully how much she loves him. ...read more.

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he hath now cast her off appears too grossly" Lear has a huge ego, which helps to blind him to things that are going on around him. It makes him appear to be unaware of the consequences caused by his actions. Lear isn't totally worthless because when he finds out the truth then he realises he is at fault. When he splits his land up he wants to keep the title of 'King' and also wants to keep 100 knights, but not have any of the pressures which surround the 'job'. L133 "With reservation of an hundred knights By you to be sustain'd, shall our abode Make with you by due turn. ...read more.

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Despite knowing that the consequences could be disastrous her high principles prevented her from exaggeration, even slightly, her love for her father. The first scene of the play is used to introduce the main themes, the relationship between parent and child and how power corrupts people. The conversation between Gloucester and his son Edmond and the deteriorating relationship between Cordelia and Lear sets up the conflict between old and young which is to be further developed throughout the play. The reader soon becomes aware of the tension between Lear's declared intention to abdicate his kingdom and his actions, which suggest he is not ready to do this completely. The 'test' he imposes on his daughters shows he still needs their devotion to satisfy his ego and points to a flawed character, which is ultimately to be his downfall. ...read more.

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