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King Lear, harrowing and piercing Shakespearian drama

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King Lear tells of a king who divides his kingdom between his children and creates a conflict resulting in chaos and a civil war. One of the daughters, Cordelia, makes Lear angry as she refuses to answer when he asks her to prove her filial love. 

King Lear disavows his counsellor the count of Kent, he does not listen to him thereby King Lear shares his kingdom amongst his elder daughters, Goneril and Regan. By contrast, Cordelia leaves the country.

The decision is terribly wrong, his two daughters humiliate him, King Lear lives with nothing as a result.

King Lear William Shakespeare

In the end, the three sisters die and the ending of King Lear is more than pathetic, alienated, wanders alone like a crazy vagabond.

There is a second story on King Lear. Count Gloucester, counsellor and King Lear´s servant has two sons, he dismisses the one who is the first-born and the rightful heir and gives everything to the second one, who is also a bastard.    

King Lear shows the problems attached to someone who is handling a bad ruling, King Lear encourages the rivalry amongst his offspring, acts in a despotic way with counsellors and the huge differences between rich and poor can be devised. 

King Lear William Shakespeare

King Lear was registered on 26th of November, 1607 in Stationer´s Register, it was opened for the first time in the palace of Whitehall on December, 26th. 

                      KING LEAR INSPIRATION

William Shakespeare was inspired by four plays to write King Lear. 

Likewise, a true judicial case in which two sisters wanted to make believe their dad was crazy so that obtain a hefty sum of money served Shakespeare, yet the third one called Cordell (by the way) shunned the dirty deed. 

Shakespeare makes an eclectic use of a wide range of sources to write its own story, he combines details, plots to create its own last dramatic play, his more complex ever; King Lear.

    James I King of England (1567-1625)

Real king at that epoch in Britain, James I, was obsessed with the philosophy of the sacred character of monarchy epitomised in a royal person. James I was the first king to be recognized and named King of Great Britain.

King James I represented the Kingdom of Scotland (since 1567 as James VI) and the kingdom of England after Elizabeth I in 1603, each kingdom had its own Church, Parliament, the two countries were one because of his persona. James I might be reflected on this King Lear

Belonging to The King´s Men, important company, Shakespeare enjoyed royal protection, yet he had nonetheless some duties that made him to respect authority. 

As a matter of fact, after writing King Lear, William Shakespeare did only write romances.

Both Lear and James I (James VI in Scotland) widely enjoy hunting, a luxury lifestyle, a great number of manservants or they both squandered large sums of money on anything. King Lear is deep and ambiguous, the mistake of Lear is to believe power is all his.

Portrait of James, first king of the whole Great Britain, by Daniel Mytens

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