‍Who is Lear? Hannah P, Nora V, Janna E, Caroline H

"I am a man more sinned against then sinning." (3.2.63-64)



Lear is the wealthy King of England. He has three daughters named Cordelia, Goneril, and Regan. He tells them that he will provide the most land and money to the daughter who loves him the most. Lear ends up being betrayed by both Goneril and Regan, the two daughters he passed his wealth down to. Shunned by the two daughters, Lear is left powerless out in the storm to fend for himself. After this, he realizes and understands how it feels to be less fortunate. He gains this compassion and humbleness as the play goes on.
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"Come not between the dragon and his wrath."- Lear (Scene 1) (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/King_Lear)
"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child" (Act I, Scene IV) (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/King_Lear)

to:
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"Come, let's away to prison;
We two alone will sing like birds i' the cage:
When thou dost ask me blessing, I'll kneel down,
And ask of thee forgiveness: so we'll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news; and we'll talk with them too,
Who loses and who wins; who's in, who's out" -Lear (Act V, Scene III) (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/King_Lear)

Youtube Video :) 60 second Recap- http://youtu.be/yVdu1O1gJV4?hd=1

In Depth Character Analysis:
http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/characters/learbio.html

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