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…