History Theatre / KingLear

28th Nov '16 12:08:56 AM dynaboyj
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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.

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* FakeAssistedSuicide: The blinded Duke Earl 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.
21st Oct '16 2:48:22 PM Sadsharks
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9th Oct '16 5:56:57 PM fearlessnikki
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* CastSpeciation: Goneril and Regan are both the two evil sisters who plot against their father. In order to differentiate them, Regan is TheSociopath who is far more outwardly violent. She's also noted to be the TheCorrupter who inspires wickedness in others. Goneril meanwhile is far more Machiavellian in her actions and is a BitchInSheepsClothing to Lear for most of the play.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The Fool vanishes from the play between Acts and his whereabouts are never accounted for. Many speculate that the character probably was meant to have died and that the scene explicitly stating or depicting this was lost. His final line about "Going to bed at noon," has been interpreted as {{foreshadowing}} his demise. Another theory is that the Fool and Cordelia may have been depicted by the same actor in the original production, necessitating the disappearance of one when the other reenters the play. Some productions have Lear, while mad, accidentally killing him.
** Since he is a comic character, The Fool's disappearance may very well indicate the play's shift to the subsequent tragedies that befall [[spoiler: Cornwall and his servant, Oswald, Gloucester, Goneril, Regan, Edmund, Cordelia, and King Lear]].

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The Fool vanishes from the play between Acts and his whereabouts are never accounted for. Many speculate that the character probably was meant to have died and that the scene explicitly stating or depicting this was lost. His final line about "Going to bed at noon," has been interpreted as {{foreshadowing}} his demise. Another theory is that the Fool and Cordelia may have been depicted by the same actor in the original production, necessitating the disappearance of one when the other reenters the play. Some productions have Lear, while mad, accidentally killing him.
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him. Since he is a comic character, The Fool's disappearance may very well indicate the play's shift to the subsequent tragedies that befall [[spoiler: Cornwall and his servant, Oswald, Gloucester, Goneril, Regan, Edmund, Cordelia, and King Lear]].



* DramaticIrony: Gloucester speaks in shock about the behaviour of Lear's own daughters towards him - not realising that Edmund is plotting against him too.



* HenpeckedHusband: The Duke of Albany is rather mild-mannered compared to his evil wife Goneril, and goes along with her plans out of fear. He eventually can't stand it and pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* HonorBeforeReason: Rather than stroking her father's ego, Cordelia refuses to take part in the love test. Of course as her father's favourite she may have thought he'd appreciate her honesty.



* KillEmAll: This play has one heck of a body count. But it's a Shakespearian tragedy, so it was to be expected.

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* KillEmAll: This play has one heck of a body count. But it's a Shakespearian tragedy, so it was to be expected. By the end of it only Edgar, Albany and Kent are left alive. Even then it's hinted that Kent may kill himself too.



* LetThemDieHappy: As he's dying, Lear convinces himself that he sees Cordelia moving - dying believing that his beloved daughter is still alive.



* NiceMeanAndInBetween: Lear's three daughters. Cordelia is the kind-hearted, generously honest Nice one. Regan is the manipulative, blood-thirsty sociopathic Mean one. Gonerial 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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* NeutralNoLonger: Albany was neutral in the sense that he neither condoned nor protested against the scheming of the others. By the fourth act, he's on the side of good and ends up as one of the few survivors.
* NiceMeanAndInBetween: Lear's three daughters. Cordelia is the kind-hearted, generously honest Nice one. Regan is the manipulative, blood-thirsty sociopathic Mean one. Gonerial 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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* TheOphelia: Lear himself becomes a male example. After he's cast out of Regan's household, he slowly goes mad and is found running around on the moors wearing flowers and babbling a MadnessMantra.


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* ShooOutTheClowns: The Fool disappears after Act III, meaning the comic relief is absent. That's also when the bodies start piling up.


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* YoungestChildWins: As the play is based on fairy tale tropes, this one is present. Cordelia the youngest is the most moral person in the play, and she's her father's favourite. She ends up disowned and, despite pulling BigDamnHeroes to save her father, she still ends up hanged.
7th Oct '16 6:26:37 PM fearlessnikki
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* CainAndAbel: Subverted. Since he was born out of wedlock, Edmund is Edgar's half-brother. However, this doesn't stop Edmund trying to do away with and discredit Edgar in the pursuit for his father's title. Edgar finishes Edmund off in the final act, the religious [[AnAesop Aesop]] being that the true child will always triumph over the bastard.

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* CainAndAbel: CainAndAbel:
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Subverted. Since he was born out of wedlock, Edmund is Edgar's half-brother. However, this doesn't stop Edmund trying to do away with and discredit Edgar in the pursuit for his father's title. Edgar finishes Edmund off in the final act, the religious [[AnAesop Aesop]] being that the true child will always triumph over the bastard.bastard.
** If you count Goneril and Regan as one entity then they fit when pitted against Cordelia. They are the two evil sisters who become the play's main antagonists, while Cordelia is the MoralityPet whose absence causes things to fall out of control.



%%* TheChessmaster: Edmund, Regan and Goneril.

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%%* TheChessmaster: Edmund, * TheChessmaster:
** Goneril plays off her father's ego in order to get one third of the kingdom, manipulates him into disbanding a good portion of his knights and enrages him so much that he runs off to be someone else's problem. [[spoiler: She also poisons her sister when it becomes clear that the two won't be in cahoots much longer]].
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Regan is able to inspire large amounts of cruelty in others, leading to Gloucester getting his eyes gouged out and Goneril.Lear being driven out into the storm. [[spoiler: She's outwitted by Goneril in the end however]].
** Edmund is the ultimate chessmaster, convincing his father that Edgar is plotting against him. He also pits Goneril and Regan against each other and effectively has control of everyone by the final act.



%%* GoodIsDumb: [[BatmanGambit Edmund counts on Edgar's noble nature for his plan to succeed.]]

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%%* * GoodIsDumb: [[BatmanGambit Edgar is the saintly, legitimate child of Gloucester. Thus he's easy for Edmund counts on Edgar's noble nature for to manipulate and wrap around his plan to succeed.]]little finger.



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



%%* ObviouslyEvil: Edmund is the ''illegitimate son''. Remember that the play was written 400 years ago.
%%* OnlySaneMan: Kent and the Duke of Albany. Edgar is one as well, but he spends most of the play pretending to be insane.
* ParentalFavoritism: Lear makes clear that Cordelia is his favorite daughter.

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%%* * ObviouslyEvil: Edmund is the ''illegitimate son''. Remember son'' and the line from Gloucester telling us this is meant to be a clue in that he's the play was written 400 years ago.
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OnlySaneMan: Kent is the one who calls Lear out on the ridiculousness of his actions - dividing the kingdom and the Duke of Albany. Edgar is one as well, but he spends most of the play pretending banishing his youngest daughter. He's also sane enough to be insane.
realise that Lear will still need him once his daughters are in power.
* ParentalFavoritism: Lear makes clear that Cordelia is his favorite daughter. And he's surprised when the other two treat him so badly.
9th Sep '16 2:16:17 PM momur
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** Currently the most popular explanation seems to involve Lear killing the Fool during one of his mad moments, such as the 2014 National Theatre production starring Simon Russell Beale, where the Fool ended up being beaten to death by Lear with a bit of pipe in the final scene of Act 1.
3rd Sep '16 6:14:52 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AdaptationalVillainy: Edmund is made even worse as he attempts to abduct and rape Cordelia and die without repealing his order to hang her.

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Edmund is made even worse as he attempts to abduct and rape Cordelia and die dies without repealing his order to hang her.


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20th Jul '16 1:41:29 PM Vilui
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Lear, the elderly king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom into three parts to give to his eldest daughters, Regan, Cordelia, Goneril. But before he officially seals the deal, he keens that the largest share will go to the daughter who loves him best. Much butt-kissing ensues -- all except from the youngest, Cordelia. Despite being Lear's favorite and having the most love for her father, Cordy's flattery doesn't pass muster, and the senile King [[InadequateInheritor banishes her]] along with own close friend the Earl of Kent who speaks in her defense. Cordelia's share is divvied up between her elder sisters and Lear announces his retirement, though he insists on keeping one hundred knights, the respect and title of a king, and free room and board at his daughters' homes.

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Lear, the elderly king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom into three parts to give to his eldest daughters, Regan, Cordelia, Goneril.Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. But before he officially seals the deal, he keens that the largest share will go to the daughter who loves him best. Much butt-kissing ensues -- all except from the youngest, Cordelia. Despite being Lear's favorite and having the most love for her father, Cordy's flattery doesn't pass muster, and the senile King [[InadequateInheritor banishes her]] along with his own close friend the Earl of Kent who speaks in her defense. Cordelia's share is divvied up between her elder sisters and Lear announces his retirement, though he insists on keeping one hundred knights, the respect and title of a king, and free room and board at his daughters' homes.



A closely-related subplot follows another family, that of the Earl of Gloucester, another of Lear's close friends. His younger son, the illegitimate Edmund, tricks Gloucester into thinking his legitimate son Edgar is plotting to kill him. Gloucester is duped, and Edgar goes on the run, disguising himself as a homeless madman to escape capture. Edgar falls in with his godfather Lear, while Edmund, resentful of the world who judges him simply because he was born a bastard, decides to show everyone [[BastardBastard what a bastard]] [[KickTheDog he can be]] and seduces not just one but '''both''' of Lear's elder daughters. With a few deft moves, he goes from inheriting nothing to being [[FromNobodyToNightmare potentially the most powerful man in Britain]].

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A closely-related closely related subplot follows another family, that of the Earl of Gloucester, another of Lear's close friends. His younger son, the illegitimate Edmund, tricks Gloucester into thinking his legitimate son Edgar is plotting to kill him. Gloucester is duped, and Edgar goes on the run, disguising himself as a homeless madman to escape capture. Edgar falls in with his godfather Lear, while Edmund, resentful of the world who judges him simply because he was born a bastard, decides to show everyone [[BastardBastard what a bastard]] [[KickTheDog he can be]] and seduces not just one but '''both''' of Lear's elder daughters. With a few deft moves, he goes from inheriting nothing to being [[FromNobodyToNightmare potentially the most powerful man in Britain]].
25th Jun '16 2:23:13 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* TheJester: The Fool, of course

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* TheJester: The Fool, of coursecourse. His jokes and clowning often has a pretty scratching criticism of Lear and his conduct attached to them.
22nd May '16 1:17:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil:
** Many adaptations will portray Goneril and Regan as blondes and have Cordelia as brunette. A planned 2010 film adaptation would have had blondes Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts playing Goneril and Regan while brunette Keira Knightley would have been Cordelia.
** Inverted with the Creator/IanMcKellen RSC version where Regan and Goneril are brunettes and Cordelia is blonde.
18th May '16 3:50:24 AM snichols1973
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** Since he is a comic character, The Fool's disappearance may very well indicate the play's shift to the ensuing utter tragedy.

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** Since he is a comic character, The Fool's disappearance may very well indicate the play's shift to the ensuing utter tragedy.subsequent tragedies that befall [[spoiler: Cornwall and his servant, Oswald, Gloucester, Goneril, Regan, Edmund, Cordelia, and King Lear]].
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