King Lear summons his three daughters and demands they declare their love for him so he can divide his kingdom accordingly. But the plan backfires when his most beloved daughter, Cordelia, refuses to simply flatter him like her two sisters.
Edmund delivers a speech to the audience in which he shares his thoughts about the way society treats younger sons and illegitimate children.
After spending the first part of his retirement at the castle of his daughter, Goneril, Lear unleashes his anger on her after she makes a request of him.
The character of Caius sees the return of one of Lear's most loyal but banished subjects.
King Lear must show graciousness when his least-expected ally takes him in.
After discovering they were both pursuing the same extramarital suitor, a cruel fate is laid bare for one of Cordelia's sisters.
Cordelia is handed eternal punishment at Edmund's orders for returning to Lear's good graces.
Having previously been pursued by the Duke of Burgundy and the King of France, one of Cordelia's suitors stands aside upon hearing her dowry no longer exists.
A previous character in Shakesperare's King Lear is reborn as 'Poor Tom' as part of a disguise.
Revealing their declarations of love were exaggerated, Goneril and Regan express concern for their father's diminishing state of mind.
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