King Lear Study Guides

  • King Lear

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    In King Lear, the title character brings about his downfall when he falls for the false, flattering words of two of his daughters, Goneril and Regan, and disowns his other daughter, Cordelia, when she speaks the truth. The brutal play examines the politics of running a kingdom as well as the politics involved in family life, as Goneril and Regan betray their father and themselves in an attempt to get power. Although a tragedy, the play offers a small glimmer of hope at the end, when Lear reconciles with Cordelia.