King Lear - Stuff That Happens in the Play

Come not between the dragon and his wrath!

  • Kent meets Gloucester’s illegitimate son Edmund. 
  • King Lear announces his retirement and divides his kingdom among his three daughters: Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril, but then disinherits Cordelia and banishes Kent.  The King of France accepts the dowerless Cordelia, and she leaves with him to be his queen. 
  • Edmund, the bastard, tricks Gloucester into believing that Gloucester’s legitimate son, Edgar, is trying to kill Gloucester.  The bastard then convinces Edgar that Gloucester is enraged with Edgar. 
  • Kent returns, in disguise, to serve Lear.  Goneril dismisses half of Lear’s entourage; Lear leaves her house to go live with Regan. 
  • Edmund encourages Edgar to run away.  Edgar disguises himself as “Poor Tom,” a mad beggar. 
  • At Gloucester’s house, Regan and Cornwall put Kent in the stocks, angering Lear.  Both Regan and Goneril refuse to house Lear’s hundred nights; Lear leaves Gloucester’s house into the “wild night.” 
  • Gloucester tells Edmund he has a letter saying that France is preparing to put soldiers in their kingdom.  Edmund steals this letter and gives it to Cornwall and Regan. 
  • Gloucester tells the disguised Kent that Lear’s daughters seek Lear’s death. 
  • Blinding, madness, war, and death ensue.

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