King Lear: A Tragedy
HarperCollins, 2014. dec. 16. - 200 oldal
King Lear is driven to the brink of madness by his own actions when he disinherits his youngest daughter, the lovely Cordelia, because of her inability to express her love for him. Having divided his realm between his remaining daughters, Goneril and Regan, Lear is betrayed by his two foolish and deceitful children, and is left to wander the heath with only his Fool, his servant Caius, and the madman Tom O’Bedlam for company. Eventually reunited with Cordelia, Lear is too late repents his rashness, and must face the tragic consequences of his choices.
Known as “The Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest English-language writer known. Enormously popular during his life, Shakespeare’s works continue to resonate more than three centuries after his death, as has his influence on theatre and literature. Shakespeare’s innovative use of character, language, and experimentation with romance as tragedy served as a foundation for later playwrights and dramatists, and some of his most famous lines of dialogue have become part of everyday speech.
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LEAROfall these bounds, even fromthis linetothis, Withshadowy forests and
withchampains rich'd, With plenteous rivers and wideskirted meads,  We
make thee lady: to thine and Albany's issues Be this perpetual. – What says our
KENT My life Inever held but as a pawn  Towage against thine enemies; nor
fear to loseit, Thysafety being motive. LEAR Out ofmy sight! KENT See better,
Lear; and let me still remain The true blank of thine eye. LEAR Now by Apollo ...
LEAR Hearme, recreant; On thine allegiance, hear me. That thou hast sought to
make us break our vows Which we durst never yet – and with strain'd pride 
To come betwixt our sentence and our power Which nor our nature nor our place
 Bid them farewell, Cordelia, though unkind; Thou losesthere, abetter
whereto find. LEAR Thou hast her, France; let her be thine; for we Have no such
daughter, nor shall ever see That faceof hersagain. [To Cordelia] Therefore be