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King Lear by William Shakespeare
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Apr 16, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2011

** spoiler alert ** A play about madness and true blindness.
Lear, the king of England, asks his three daughters who loves him most. Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia all answer differently, but Cordelia is the only one to say nothing. This is where the famous line of "Nothing will come of nothing" comes from; it's said by Lear. When Cordelia is unable to say anything, Lear thinks that she has no love for him, unlike her sisters who give long-winded, eloquent speeches about their love. Lear will soon discover what he has done when he disowns his loving daughter, Cordelia.
Gloucester has two sons, Edgar (legitimate) and Edmund (illegitimate). Edmund frames his brother, who will get all the land his father owns, of wanting to kill his father by forging a letter and setting up a situation, making him a criminal. Edmund does all of this, because he is nefarious and wants his father to make him the legitimate heir of his father's estates.

Strangely, I liked Gloucester and his sons story better. My favorite character was Edgar/Tom. =) Cutest character ever. Thank you, Shakespeare, for another great play.

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