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King Lear

William Shakespeare

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1. Lear is king of what country?

2. Which one of Lear’s daughters is sent into exile?

3. Which one of Lear’s counselors reprimands the king for exiling his daughter?

4. Who is Gloucester’s bastard son?

5. When Lear visits Goneril, what does she demand of him?

6. When they hear that Lear is coming to visit them, where do Regan and Cornwall go?

7. Why is Kent thrown into the stocks?

8. When he flees from his father, how does Edgar disguise himself?

9. When Lear tells Regan that Goneril has wronged him, what does Regan advise him to do?

10. After he curses both Goneril and Regan, what does Lear do?

11. Whom does Lear meet living in a little hovel on the heath?

12. Why is Gloucester accused of treason?

13. Where does Gloucester send Lear and his attendants?

14. How is Gloucester punished for his “treason”?

15. Who encounters Gloucester on the heath and offers to lead him to Dover?

16. Who is leading the army that lands at Dover?

17. Why does Gloucester want to reach the cliffs of Dover?

18. To whom are both Goneril and Regan attracted?

19. Before the battle between the French and English armies, to whose camp is Lear brought?

20. What happens to Lear and Cordelia during the battle?

21. How does Regan die?

22. Who fights a duel with Edmund?

23. What does Edmund reveal as he lies dying?

24. What happens to Cordelia?

25. What happens to Lear at the end of the play?

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the Gloucester side story

by Merpandderp, April 07, 2013

to help with the side story, think of the movie Thor:

Gloucester: Odin-son
Edgar- Thor (the good brother; gets punished and illegitimate brother takes over for a while)
Edmund-Loki (evil, illegitimate son who is jealous of his brother)

MIND BLOWN. Stan Lee probably read Shakespeare

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Help with the Gloucester side story

by Merpandderp, April 07, 2013

it is kind of confusing dealing with King Lear and his three daughters, and then having to deal with Gloucester. My suggestion, think of the movie Thor:

-Gloucester: Odin-son
-Edgar: Thor (the good brother who is supposed to succeed Odin-son/Gloucester when he dies; is deceived by Loki/Edmund and then gets punished)
-Edmund: Loki (the evil, illegitimate brother who is jealous of Thor/Edgar (except Loki was adopted); gets control of the throne for a while)

Hope this helps

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Fathers, Sons and Daughters and a Lot of Sorrow

by ReadingShakespeareby450th, December 04, 2013

There's “a time to keep and a time to cast away." King Lear just got his times mixed up, and it gave us a great play. Finished Lear on my way to reading and blogging about them all by April 2014.

In case you're interested in a few of my thoughts on the play, visit my blog (also there, I've linked to a good production of the play that's available on the PBS Great Performances website):

http://ow.ly/rsPRj

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