History Theatre / KingLear

11th Apr '18 11:41:26 AM snichols1973
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: One of Cornwall's servants finds the gouging of Old Gloucester's eyes excesively brutal:
-->'''Servant''': Hold your hand, my lord! I have served you ever since I was a child, but better service have I never done you than to bid you hold.\\
'''Regan''': How now, you dog?\\
'''Servant''': If you did wear a beard upon your chin, I'd shake it on this quarrel.\\
'''Regan''': What do you mean?\\
'''Cornwall''': My villain! [''Cornwall fights a sword duel with his servant'']\\
'''Servant''': Nay then, come on, and take the chance of anger.\\
'''Regan''': Give me thy sword! A peasant stand up thus? [''Regan slays the servant'']\\
'''Servant''': O, I am slain! [''The servant dies'']



* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Cordelia will never get a break]].
* KilledOffscreen: Even though we never see Old Gloucester's death, it is reported in Act V, Scene 3, when Gloucester kearns that his companion has been none other than Edgar himself, and when Edgar tells him the details of his flight, exile, and wanderings, Gloucester can rest easy now that he knows he and Edgar have been reconciled.

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* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Cordelia will never get a break]].
break, unless you count her reconciliation to Lear before her execution]].
* KilledOffscreen: Even though we never see Old Gloucester's death, it is reported in Act V, Scene 3, when Gloucester kearns learns that his companion has been none other than Edgar himself, and when Edgar tells him the details of his flight, exile, and wanderings, Gloucester can rest easy now that he knows he and Edgar have been reconciled. reconciled.
** Cornwall, who was wounded but barely alive at the end of Act 3, is reported dead in Act IV, Scene II:
-->'''Albany''': What news?\\
'''Gentleman''': Oh my good lord, the Duke of Cornwall's dead, slain by his servant, going to put out the other eye of Gloucester.


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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: After Old Gloucester's eyes are gouged out, Cornwall makes the mistake of letting him live instead of killing him on the spot, which proves to be a fatal mistake, since Old Gloucester finds his way to Lear's camp after Cornwall's death:
-->'''Regan''': It was great ignorance, Gloucester's eyes being out, to let him live. Where he arrives he moves all hearts against us.
11th Apr '18 11:07:58 AM snichols1973
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* AwfulWeddedLife: Goneril and Albany, with Goneril getting involved in a relationship with Edmund, while she sees Albany as rather mild-mannered and honest, in contrast to Goneril poisoning her sister Regan, and even writes letters to Edmund encouraging him to kill Albany. By the time Albany steps in to prevent Edmund's counter-claims to Goneril, he arrests Goneril and Edmund as co-conspirators.

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Goneril and Albany, with Goneril getting involved in a relationship with Edmund, while she sees Albany as rather mild-mannered and honest, in contrast to Goneril poisoning her sister Regan, and even writes letters to Edmund encouraging him to kill Albany. By the time Albany steps in to prevent Edmund's counter-claims to Goneril, he arrests Goneril his wife and Edmund as co-conspirators.


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** Goneril, pronounced as 'GAHN-eh-ril', with accent stress on the first syllable.


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* SeeminglyProfoundFool: Lear finds himself in awe of Tom O'Bedlam's[=/=][[spoiler: Edgar's]] profound wisdom when they take shelter from the storm:
-->'''Lear''': What! Have his daughters brought him to this pass? Couldst thou save nothing? Didst thou give them all?\\
'''Fool''': Nay, he reserved a blanket, else we had been all shamed.\\
'''Lear''': Now all the plagues that in the pendulous air hang fated o'er men's faults light on thy daughters!\\
'''Kent''': He hath no daughters, sir.\\
'''Lear''': Death, traitor! Nothing could have subdued nature to such a lowness, but his unkind daughters. Is it the fashion that discarded fathers should have little mercy on their flesh? Judicious punishment! 'Twas this flesh begot those pelican daughters.
** Subverted since Lear is in the midst of his own SanitySlippage, and Edgar is no fool, but merely ObfuscatingInsanity as Tom O'Bedlam.
8th Apr '18 2:48:25 PM snichols1973
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** After taking Cordelia as his wife, the king of France is mentioned, but never seen again after Act I, Scene I.



** Lear, while not evil, is a temperamental, power-hungry {{Jerkass}} who thinks only of himself. Unlike most of Shakespeare's {{Tragic Hero}}es, he does see the error of his ways and becomes a genuinely good person by the end... but his transformation comes too late to prevent him from losing everything, including, ultimately, his life.
** Edmund repents at the very last minute and tries to order a pardon for Cordelia's execution. He dies shortly after this.

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** Lear, while not evil, is sis a temperamental, power-hungry {{Jerkass}} who thinks only of himself. Unlike most of Shakespeare's {{Tragic Hero}}es, he does see the error of his ways and becomes a genuinely good person by the end... but his transformation comes too late to prevent him from losing everything, including, ultimately, his life.
** Edmund Ed mund repents at the very last minute and tries to order a pardon for Cordelia's execution. He dies shortly after this.


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* SophisticatedAsHell: Kent's speech to Oswald before he brawls with him:
-->'''Oswald''': What dost thou know me for?\\
'''Kent''': A knave, a rascal, an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave, a lily-livered, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk inheriting slave, one that wouldst be a bawd in the way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, panderer, [[PrecisionFStrike and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch;]] one whom I will besat into clamorous whining if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.
6th Mar '18 5:25:54 PM Thorion
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** The Manga Shakespeare graphic combined Cordelia and the Fool with the latter being a disguise of the former. Thus Cordelia's death is also the Fool's.

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** The Manga Shakespeare graphic novel combined Cordelia and the Fool with the latter being a disguise of the former. Thus Cordelia's death is also the Fool's.
6th Mar '18 5:25:39 PM Thorion
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** The Manga Shakespeare graphic combined Cordelia and the Fool with the latter being a disguise of the former. Thus Cordelia's death is also the Fool's.
5th Mar '18 10:19:58 AM Basara-kun
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* AMistakeIsBorn: The first scene is the Duke of Glouchester talking with another man about his bastard son, and how he was a mistake... with the bastard son right there. Is it any wonder Edmund is a BastardBastard?
22nd Feb '18 12:36:35 PM erracht
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** Shakespeare was no stranger to anachronism, but this play takes it UpToEleven. The legendary King Leir of Britain is supposed to have lived around the 8th century BC. At that time, there was no "King of France", "Duke of Cornwall", "Duke of Albany", "Earl of Gloucester" or "Earl of Kent". Nor, for example, was there a St Mary Bethlehem (Bedlam) Hospital, from which Edgar takes his madman's identity. One of the most egregious anachronisms is when Kent professes "to eat no fish", implying that he is declaring himself to be a Protestant and not a Catholic - centuries before even the most rudimentary Christianity existed.
16th Feb '18 12:22:40 PM CaptainCrawdad
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Oh, and it's [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E3GuessWhosComingToCriticizeDinner not a comedy]].
6th Feb '18 6:02:20 PM drbreakfast
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* DarkerAndEdgier: compared to the legend it was based on. Not only did Shakespeare alter the ending so that Lear and Cordelia both die, he also introduced the subplot of Gloucester and his sons, which contributes further to the darker tone.
5th Jan '18 10:06:44 PM snichols1973
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* AwfulWeddedLife: Goneril and Albany, with Goneril getting involved in a relationship with Edmund, while she sees Albany as rather mild-mannered and honest, in contrast to Goneril poisoning her sister Regan, and even writes letters to Edmund encouraging him to kill Albany. By the time Albany steps in to prevent Edmund's counter-claims to Goneril, he arrests Goneril and Edmund as co-conspirators.


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* BigBad: Edmund of Gloucester; a significant portion of Edmund's subplot involves being involved in a love triangle between Goneril and Regan, with Edmund turning on his own father, attempting to kill Goneril's husband Albany, and ultimately seizing Lear and Cordelia and sending them off to the dungeon, only to meet his demise at the hand of Edgar his half-brother, who is disguised as a mysterious knight.


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* TheDragon: Cornwall, who helps Edmund take over his father's estate and oversees the torture session where old Gloucester has his eyes plucked out.


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* KilledOffscreen: Even though we never see Old Gloucester's death, it is reported in Act V, Scene 3, when Gloucester kearns that his companion has been none other than Edgar himself, and when Edgar tells him the details of his flight, exile, and wanderings, Gloucester can rest easy now that he knows he and Edgar have been reconciled.


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* PrecisionFStrike: Kent delivers one to Oswald when listing his bad qualities:
-->'''Kent''': ...and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pander, and ''the son and heir of a mongrel bitch''.
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