1608 Elizabethan period
Blank verse, Iambic parameter, rhyming couplets, prose jalousies, asides, dramatic irony, and foil.
Elizabethan clothing, pre-Christian Britain, Dover
King Lear decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom among his three daughters. However, he
puts his daughters through a love test.
’s older daughters, give their father untruthful
hyperbolized answers. But
, Lear’s youngest daughter, remains silent saying that she has no words to describe
how much she loves her father. Lear flies off the handle and disowns Cordelia.
Lear also tells his faithful servant;
Kent, that he is banished from the country.
The king of France, who is courting Cordelia, wants to marry her with or
without the land, she accompanies him to France without her father’s blessing.
Lear quickly learns that he made a bad
decision. Goneril and Regan begin to undermine the little authority that Lear still holds. Unable to believe that his
daughters are betraying him, Lear slowly goes insane. He flees his daughters’ houses to wander during a massive
thunderstorm, accompanied by his
, in disguise.
Meanwhile, an elderly nobleman named
also experiences family problems. His illegitimate son,