KingLearReduction - Title Author King Lear Shakespeare Publisher 1608 Elizabethan period Genre Tragedy Writing Style Blank verse Iambic parameter

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King Lear , Shakespeare Publisher: 1608 Elizabethan period Genre: Tragedy Writing Style: Blank verse, Iambic parameter, rhyming couplets, prose jalousies, asides, dramatic irony, and foil. P.O.V: 3d person Setting: Elizabethan clothing, pre-Christian Britain, Dover Plot: 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. Goneril and Regan, Lear ’s older daughters, give their father untruthful hyperbolized answers. But Cordelia , 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 Fool and by Kent , in disguise. Meanwhile, an elderly nobleman named Gloucester   also experiences family problems. His illegitimate son,
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