Shakespeare’s story of a king who divides his realm between his three daughters probes the depths of human suffering and despair. First staged in 1606, for centuries King Lear was thought too bleak to perform, but its nihilism has heavily influenced modern drama. Read a character analysis of Lear, plot summary, and important quotes.
Read our full plot summary and analysis of King Lear, scene by scene break-downs, and more.
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- Act 1, scenes 1-2
- Act 1, scenes 3-5
- Act 2, scenes 1-2
- Act 3, scenes 1-3
- Act 3, scenes 4-5
- Act 3, scenes 6-7
- Act 4, scenes 1-2
- Act 4, scenes 3-5
- Act 4, scenes 6-7
- Act 5, scenes 1-2
- Act 5, scene 3
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