History Theatre / KingLear

19th Sep '17 2:46:55 PM IllustriousAsinine
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* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Cordelia will never get a break]].
17th Sep '17 5:57:49 AM Dragon101
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* AntiVillain: The Duke of Albany. From his point of view, all he is doing is defending England from an invasion of France. He knows damn well that Edmund is an untrustworthy bastard and that neither his wife nor sister-in-law are much better, but he feels forced to work with them by circumstance in case the French are here to conquer, which pits him against Cordelia and Lear.


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* TokenGoodTeammate: The Duke of Albany to Edmund, Reagan and his wife Goneril.
8th Sep '17 10:59:36 AM fearlessnikki
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* AlasPoorVillain:
** [[spoiler: Edmund repents on his deathbed, lamenting that he was born inherently evil, because he was illegitimate]].
** A lot of productions will portray [[spoiler: Cornwall's death sadly, if his and Regan's marriage is shown to be a happy one]]. It does mark the start of AnyoneCanDie.



* FailedAttemptAtDrama: When Albany first stands up to Goneril - "you are not worth the dust which the wind blows in your face" - she just finds it funny, given his meek disposition.



* FrenchJerk: Averted. The King of France is by far the more decent of Cordelia's suitors and proves a good and loyal husband to her.

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* FrenchJerk: Averted. The King of France is by far the more decent of Cordelia's suitors and proves a good and loyal husband to her. Although if you want to get technical, Burgundy is a region of France too - and he refuses to marry Cordelia when she's disinherited.
* GenderFlip: The Fool has sometimes been played by a woman, notably Linda Kerr Scott in a 1990 production.



* TheIngenue: Cordelia is a classic example, in contrast to her two scheming sisters. Notably Regan and Goneril have a sexual aspect to them (as they both have affairs with Edmund), whereas Cordelia's marriage is depicted as a loving one. She does however prove to be SilkHidingSteel.



* PetTheDog: Goneril seems to have some affection for her servant Oswald

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* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage:
** France is so enchanted by Cordelia's virtue that he marries her when she is disinherited. Their married life isn't shown, but she seems to be happy.
** An evil version in Regan and Cornwall, who work extremely well together as villains.
* PetTheDog: Goneril seems to have some affection for her servant OswaldOswald.
6th Sep '17 12:52:41 PM fruitstripegum
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* WhatTheHellHero: Even though he's the king, multiple characters speak out against [[{{Jerkass}} Lear's behavior]] when he makes his big mistake: disowning Cordelia.



* WhatTheHellHero: Even though he's the king, multiple characters speak out against [[{{Jerkass}} Lear's behavior]] when he makes his big mistake: disowning Cordelia.
6th Sep '17 12:52:01 PM fruitstripegum
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* NominalImportance: Subverted with the nameless servant who, outraged at Cornwall's blinding of Gloucester, ''mortally wounds him''. Even if he is quickly killed in turn by Regan.



* NominalImportance: Subverted with the nameless servant who, outraged at Cornwall's blinding of Gloucester, ''mortally wounds him''. Even if he is quickly killed in turn by Regan.
6th Sep '17 12:50:45 PM fruitstripegum
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* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: [[spoiler: Goneril kills herself once she's exposed for her crimes, knowing execution is probably the only route for her]].

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* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: BetterToDieThanBeKilled: [[spoiler: Goneril kills herself once she's exposed for her crimes, knowing execution is probably the only route for her]].
6th Sep '17 12:50:30 PM fruitstripegum
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* AnachronismStew: King Lear is a legendary Brythonic monarch said to have reigned sometime before 400 BC. All the terminology used in the play however is either contemporary to Shakespeare's time or only a few centuries before that. Lampshaded by the Fool, who, after parodying Myth/{{Merlin}}'s Prophecy, notes that Merlin hasn't been born yet.



* AnachronismStew: King Lear is a legendary Brythonic monarch said to have reigned sometime before 400 BC. All the terminology used in the play however is either contemporary to Shakespeare's time or only a few centuries before that. Lampshaded by the Fool, who, after parodying Myth/{{Merlin}}'s Prophecy, notes that Merlin hasn't been born yet.
1st Sep '17 6:55:30 AM fearlessnikki
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* AdaptationNameChange: Lear's eldest daughter was Gonorilla according to record. It's changed to Goneril. The youngest daughter was also Cordeilla, as opposed to Cordelia.



%%* AuthorAvatar: The Fool. (He only exists in the Shakespeare version)

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%%* * AuthorAvatar: The Fool. (He only exists Fool does not exist in the Shakespeare version)other versions besides Shakespeare's. Like many of Shakespeare's other such characters he's the OnlySaneMan, provides a lot of social commentary and is able to call his master out without being punished.


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* BetterToDieThanToBeKilled: [[spoiler: Goneril kills herself once she's exposed for her crimes, knowing execution is probably the only route for her]].


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* BraveScot: Double subverted with Albany - which is what Scotland used to be called, implying the character to be Scottish - who is at first weak and submissive. But then he stands up to everyone and [[spoiler: is one of the few characters left alive by the end]].


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** The final scene is a big one for Goneril. Her affair with Edmund is exposed, Albany finally stands up to her, she's reduced to [[spoiler: poisoning her own sister]] and [[spoiler: her lover is killed in front of her]].


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* {{Foil}}: Oswald to Kent. Kent is a loyal servant who has his master's best interests at heart. Oswald is basically a slime-ball who flatters insincerely to get what he wants.


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* PetTheDog: Goneril seems to have some affection for her servant Oswald
21st Aug '17 3:54:54 PM fearlessnikki
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* AccentRelapse: When Edgar is in disguise as 'Poor Tom', he momentarily slips out of his faked accent. Gloucester even remarks that for a moment he spoke more eloquently than normal.



* BattleCouple: Regan and Cornwall blind Gloucester together.



** Gloucester intends to jump off a cliff, but Edgar prevents this.



* NoPronunciationGuide: Gloucester can be a tricky one for any productions outside England. Despite the spelling, it's 'gloss-ter'. Getting it wrong into 'glow-ster' or 'gloss-chess-ter' is quite common.



* ParentalFavoritism: Lear makes clear that Cordelia is his favorite daughter. And he's surprised when the other two treat him so badly.

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* ParentalFavoritism: Lear makes clear that Cordelia is his favorite daughter. And he's surprised when the other two treat him so badly. When she's out of the picture, he tries this with the remaining daughters.


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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Cornwall appears in only five scenes (besides a non-speaking part in the first scene) yet he is the one who does the gouging out of Gloucester's eyes. His death also marks the start of the sisters turning on each other - as they both want to marry Edmund.


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* TheSociopath: Regan through and through. She casts her aged father out into the storm, tortures Gloucester and murders one of her own servants. She seems to adore violence, as does her husband.


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* UnholyMatrimony: Regan and Cornwall are the two most bloodthirsty characters in the play, and they seem to feed off each other's evilness. And this seems to make for a happy marriage.
11th Aug '17 2:00:34 PM fearlessnikki
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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The Laurence Olivier TV movie - Cordelia (blonde), Regan (brunette) and Goneril (redhead).
* BloodKnight: Cornwall needs very little persuasion to torture Gloucester.



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Regan and Cornwall, the two nastiest characters, also appear to have a pretty happy marriage.



* FairyTale: The challenge to say how much they love him is straight out "Love Like Salt" fairy tales, such as "Literature/CapORushes". In the tales, however, the girls say something the father misinterprets; Cordelia's flat denial is new.

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* FairyTale: FairyTaleMotifs: The challenge to say how much they love him is straight out "Love Like Salt" fairy tales, such as "Literature/CapORushes". In the tales, however, the girls say something the father misinterprets; Cordelia's flat denial is new.



* InformedAttribute: It's said that the two sisters' husbands - Albany and Cornwall - dislike each other. They share no scenes together - apart from the first where they don't interact - and this never factors into the plot.



* KickTheDog: After Gloucester is blinded, Regan orders the servants to throw him out into the storm. It should also be said that all this happened within Gloucester's own home.
--> "Let him smell his way to Dover."



* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The females are the ones who do the direct killing in the play - Regan killing the servant that stabs Cornwall and Goneril poisoning her sister. By contrast, the males usually kill via executions.



* NiceMeanAndInBetween: Lear's three daughters. Cordelia is the kind-hearted, generously honest Nice one. Regan is the manipulative, blood-thirsty sociopathic Mean one. Goneril is In-Between - not necessarily nicer than Regan but less outwardly vicious and implied to feel some remorse and regret over what's happened.

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* NiceMeanAndInBetween: NiceMeanAndInBetween:
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Lear's three daughters. Cordelia is the kind-hearted, generously honest Nice one. Regan is the manipulative, blood-thirsty sociopathic Mean one. Goneril is In-Between - not necessarily nicer than Regan but less outwardly vicious and implied to feel some remorse and regret over what's happened.happened.
** The three daughters' husbands count as well. The King of France is Nice - he marries Cordelia even when she is disinherited. The Duke of Cornwall is Mean - he stocks Kent and gouges Gloucester's eyes out. The Duke of Albany is In-Between - turning a blind eye to a lot of the worse deeds in the play before finally taking action.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: 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.

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: RedemptionEqualsDeath:
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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.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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* SmallNameBigEgo: Cornwall - a mere Duke - stocks the king's messenger for speaking out of turn. To put it from a modern perspective, it's the equivalent to humiliating someone like an ambassador. This also comes back into play when Cornwall ties up and tortures Gloucester in his own household.
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