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King Lear by William Shakespeare
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Dec 12, 2007

really liked it

I love the three daughters of King Lear, and I love this play. The irony, and ultimate tragedy, of this play is that the King cannot spot love when he sees it. He falls for the false affection and fawning of his mercenary elder daughters Goneril and Regan, and misses the quiet, honest love and duty of his youngest, Cordelia. The sisters are all married to powerful men; Goneril and Regan to dukes eager to sieze control of the kingdom Lear divides between them, and Cordelia to the French king who loves her enough to marry her without dowry when her father banishes her.

There is also the fantastic Gloucester/Edmund/Edgar dynamic, wives murdering husbands, sisters murdering sisters, betrayal, and death by broken heart. How can you not love a tragedy?
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