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Summaries of King Lear Act 1, Sc 1.

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Summaries of King Lear 1444904, Alicia Payne English 101 Section 355 Dr. Lakowski, March 3, 2003 Act 1, Sc 1 The play opens with King Lear deciding how to leave his throne. After deciding to divide up his land between his three daughters he asks his daughters to shower him with affection so he will know who loves him the most. King Lear decided that the daughter that loves him the most should have the most of his land. Regan and Gonoril tell their father that he is the best and they love him more than their own husbands. He receives their affection and grants them a large chunk of land but he saves Cordelia for last because she is his favorite. Cordelia then tells King Lear that she loves him as much as a daughter is supposed to no more no less. She did not let herself behave like her sisters did. Lear becomes furious and decides to give her no land and to also banishes her from his site. Now that Cordelia has none of her wealth one of her suitors loses interest in her. But the King of France, another suitor fro Cordelia still see's her as being with virtue and decides to take her even though she now has no land , no money and no contacts. ...read more.

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Act 2, Scene 6 Edmund deliberately stabs himself and tells his father Gloucester that Edgar had done that to him while he was trying to protect his father. Elsewhere, The Duke of Cornwall and Regan arrive at Gloucester's castle. They think highly of Edmund for helping his father and identifying Edgar as being an attempted murderer. Scene 7 Kent soon arrives at Gloucesters castle but runs into Oswald. They fight and Kent tries to kill Oswald so Cornwall and Regan put Kent in the stocks. Eventually Lear arrives and is outraged to find that his man has been placed in the stocks. Lear demands to see Regan who denies him her audience. After making Lear wait she comes and they argue over how many Knights, Lear is allowed to have if he is to stay with her. Also Regan gets mad at Lear for disrespecting Gonoril and ironically Gonoril shows up and the two sisters hug and let it be known that they are working together. Lear, outraged, sets off into a brewing storm and is followed by Kent and by the fool. The storm helps to show Lear fighting from within as well. Act 3, Scene 8 Kent and a Gentlemen discuss the strom with references to turmoil and agitation each referring to Lear. Scene 9 The fool, Kent and Lear all are outside in the storm and they dicuse the events and look for shelter. ...read more.

Conclusion

Scene 16 Cordelia soon discovers Lear has been mistreated and takes him into her care. When Lear awakes he believes he has been in a miracle. Then Lear attempts to regain his sanity since he has found Cordelia. Soon the Duke of Albany learns of what has happened to Lear and how he has been treated and he gets mad at Gonoril. Leaving Gonoril free to go after her new love, Edmund the bastard. Since Cornwall died, Edmund is appointed to the head of British forces. But since her husband has died, Regan competes with her sister for Edmund's attention. Scene 20 Edgar continues to conceal his identity and even tricks Gloucester into thinking he has survived his suicide attempt. Albany helps Edmund in the fight against France. France loses, Edmund takes prisoner Cordelia and Lear and he secretly sentences them to death. The two sisters continue their betrayal and turn on each other because they are jealous about the others relationship with Edmond. Goneril poisons Regan. Then Gonoril commits suicide. Edgar allows Gloucester to know his true identity and his father dies of a broken heart. Edgar then informs The Duke of Albany of Edmund's grievous acts and he is arrested for his crimes. Edgar then challenges Edmund to a duel, which Edmund loses and is mortally wounded. Edmund then undergoes a transition and become remorseful before his death. He then tells of his order to execute Lear and Cordelia but he is too late. Cordelia is killed and Lear dies trying to revive her. ...read more.

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