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How is tension built in Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's King Lear?

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In Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's King Lear , Lear prepares to divide his land between his three daughters. To determine who gets the most territory, he asks his children which of them loves him the most. Regan and Goneril flatter their father with flowery, poetic speeches detailing their love for him (ironically, we later find their pronouncements of love to be lies),...

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