Tregedic Form of King Lear

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Form - Shakespearian Tragedy

Exposition - Lear rules the kingdom, but is dividing it between his three daughters.

  • "Meantime we shall express our darker purpose"
  • "Tis our fast intent to shake all cares and business from our age"
  • "Which of you shall we say doth love us most"

Exciting Force - Cordelia refusues to flatter Lear for her part of the realm, resulting in Lear giving all to Gonerill, Regan, Cornwall and Albany.

  • "Nothing will come of nothing"
  • "Unhappy as I am, I cannot heave my heart into my mouth"
  • "Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides"

Rising Action - Gonerill and Regan refuse to house Lear and all his knights, put Kent in the stocks, ongoing conflict.

  • "What's he that hath so much thy place mistook to set thee here?"
  • "Deny to speak with me? They are…


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