King Lear is powerful king from England and father of three lovely daughters. He enjoys being flattered and enjoys having absolute power. As he is now well advanced in years, he has decided to step down from the throne and divides up his lands between his daughters, but hasn’t let go of his control just yet. Recent Traumatic Events:
Not a long ago, King Lear decided to split his kingdom among his three daughters: Regan, Goneril, and Cordelia. He asks the daughters to make a speech about how much they love him. Despite the fact that Cordelia was telling the truth,
“Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty
According to my bond, no more nor less.“ (Act I v, 91-93)
King Lear decides to trust in Goneril and Regan’s lies about how much they love him, and so he chooses to split the kingdom between the two of them, and disowns Cordelia. He later finds out that Goneril and Regan only wants his power and feeling betrayed, he has a mental breakdown mentally. Moreover, he finds out that most of his knights are gone and one of his servants was brutally punished. He finds out his lost of control through The Fool’s songs and puns and decides to talk to his daughters.
“Be then desired
By her that else will take the thing she begs,
A little to disquantity your train,
And the remainder that shall still depend
To be such men as may besort your age,
Which know themselves and you” (Act I iv, 234-239)
Here, he learns that Goneril does not respect him as a king anymore because tells him to take away him knights. King Lear was outraged and goes towards Regan’s house thinking that he will be welcomed. On his way to the castle, he discovers that one of his loyal servants, Kent, was brutally abused. Kent tells King Lear that it was Regan and Cornwall who had that done to him and that he demands to speak with them.