King Lear - Stuff That Happens in the Play
Come not between the dragon and his wrath!
- Kent meets Gloucester’s illegitimate son Edmund.
- King Lear announces his retirement and divides his kingdom among his three daughters: Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril, but then disinherits Cordelia and banishes Kent. The King of France accepts the dowerless Cordelia, and she leaves with him to be his queen.
- Edmund, the bastard, tricks Gloucester into believing that Gloucester’s legitimate son, Edgar, is trying to kill Gloucester. The bastard then convinces Edgar that Gloucester is enraged with Edgar.
- Kent returns, in disguise, to serve Lear. Goneril dismisses half of Lear’s entourage; Lear leaves her house to go live with Regan.
- Edmund encourages Edgar to run away. Edgar disguises himself as “Poor Tom,” a mad beggar.
- At Gloucester’s house, Regan and Cornwall put Kent in the stocks, angering Lear. Both Regan and Goneril refuse to house Lear’s hundred nights; Lear leaves Gloucester’s house into the “wild night.”
- Gloucester tells Edmund he has a letter saying that France is preparing to put soldiers in their kingdom. Edmund steals this letter and gives it to Cornwall and Regan.
- Gloucester tells the disguised Kent that Lear’s daughters seek Lear’s death.
- Blinding, madness, war, and death ensue.