History Theatre / KingLear

19th Apr '16 8:24:42 AM Silverblade2
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* DrivenToSuicide:
** Goneril stabs herself offstage after Edmund gets fatally wounded by Edgar.
** At the end, Kent implies that he intends to joins Lear after the latter dies.


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* MurderTheHypotenuse: Goneril poisons her sister Regan to have Edmund for herself.


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* ParentalFavoritism: Lear makes clear that Cordelia is his favorite daughter.


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* SiblingTriangle: Edmund seduces Lear's daughters Goneril and Regan. When Goneril finds out her rival is her sister, she poisons her drink.


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* MurderTheHypotenuse: In this version, both Goneril and Regan secretly poison each other.
18th Apr '16 9:39:54 PM MasoTey
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* FakeAssistedSuicide: The blinded Duke of Gloucester asks a mad beggar (actually his son Edgar in disguise) to lead him to the cliffs of Dover so he can jump to his death. Edgar leads him across level land, claiming it is the clifftop; after Gloucester has harmlessly "jumped," Edgar assumes another persona and tells Gloucester that he has been spared miraculously and that the person who led him to the cliff appeared to be an evil spirit.
18th Apr '16 12:17:05 PM Silverblade2
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* PromotedToLoveInterest: Edgar/Cordelia in the 1681 rewrite (Cordelia's original husband, the King of France, naturally doesn't exist in this version).


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!!The 1681 rewrite provides examples of:
* AdaptedOut: Neither the King of France nor the Fool appear.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Edmund is made even worse as he attempts to abduct and rape Cordelia and die without repealing his order to hang her.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Lear regains his throne and Edgar and Cordelia are allowed to marry.
* PromotedToLoveInterest: Edgar/Cordelia in the 1681 rewrite (Cordelia's original husband, the King of France, naturally doesn't exist in this version).
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Lear, Cordelia and Gloucester all survive.
18th Apr '16 10:35:55 AM LordGro
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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Cordelia, essentially the most kind and virtuous character in the story, ends up being executed, mostly to make a point about how fleeting happiness is and how unjust the world can be at times.]]

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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Cordelia, essentially the most kind and virtuous character in the story, ends up being executed, mostly to make a point about how fleeting happiness is and how unjust the world can be at times.]]
18th Apr '16 10:27:40 AM Silverblade2
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* BadassGrandpa / PapaWolf: Lear despite being canonically in his eighties kills the executioner who was holding him and his daughter when he executed Cordelia.

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* BadassGrandpa / PapaWolf: BadassGrandpa: Lear despite being canonically in his eighties kills the executioner who was holding him and his daughter when he executed Cordelia.



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21st Feb '16 6:47:20 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TheJester: The Fool, of course
18th Feb '16 7:28:28 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Cordelia, essentially the most kind and virtuous character in the story, ends up being executed.]]

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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Cordelia, essentially the most kind and virtuous character in the story, ends up being executed.executed, mostly to make a point about how fleeting happiness is and how unjust the world can be at times.]]
18th Feb '16 7:26:59 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Cordelia, essentially the most kind and virtuous character in the story, ends up being executed.]]
27th Dec '15 5:31:29 AM LahmacunKebab
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## Being blatant about it: the recent Royal Shakespeare Company run with Creator/IanMcKellen had an execution scene that served to explain his disappearance and emphasise the growing cruelty of England under Regan and Goneril. The Fool's FamousLastWords were made into his "Merlin prophecy" in Act 3 Scene 2, making for some fun thoughts of terror.(Lear does say, "And my poor fool is hanged," in the final scene, but it's not clear exactly what this means.)

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## Being blatant about it: the recent Royal Shakespeare Company run with Creator/IanMcKellen had an execution scene that served to explain his disappearance and emphasise the growing cruelty of England under Regan and Goneril. The Fool's FamousLastWords were made into his "Merlin prophecy" in Act 3 Scene 2, making for some fun thoughts of terror. (Lear does say, "And my poor fool is hanged," in the final scene, but it's not clear exactly what this means.)



%%* WhatTheHellHero: Even though he's the king, multiple characters speak out against [[{{Jerkass}} Lear's behavior]].

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%%* * WhatTheHellHero: Even though he's the king, multiple characters speak out against [[{{Jerkass}} Lear's behavior]].behavior]] when he makes his big mistake: disowning Cordelia.
27th Dec '15 5:26:13 AM LahmacunKebab
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* LadyOfWar: Affairs in France force Cordelia's husband to remind behind when the French army comes to Lear's aid, and even though a conversation mentions the man assigned to lead in his absence, Cordelia is the only one shown to be in charge.

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* LadyOfWar: Affairs in France force Cordelia's husband to remind remain behind when the French army comes to Lear's aid, and even though a conversation mentions the man assigned to lead in his absence, Cordelia is the only one shown to be in charge.



%%* ObfuscatingStupidity: The Fool.

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%%* * ObfuscatingStupidity: The Fool.Fool. Despite being, well, a Fool, he is one of the wisest characters of the play.
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