Which is the most important scene in King Lear  and how pivotal is that scene in the plot?I want to identify how the scene transforms the play and causes it to be the most important scene.

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William Delaney eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most important scene inKing Learis Scene 4 of Act 2. This is where Lear confronts both of his ungrateful daughters, Goneril and Regan, and realizes that, rather than loving him as they protested at the beginning of the play, they care nothing about the old man in spite of his having divided his entire kingdom between them. At one point Lear says, "I gave you all--" Regan interrupts him, saying, "And in good time you gave it," implying that he was getting senile and could no longer govern by himself. Both daughters have decided to break their promise to provide for Lear's hundred knights. They will only provide for him, and he realizes he will not receive the respect he is accustomed and entitled to. The cold ingratitude of the daughters drives Lear into a rage. He says, "O fool, I shall go mad." At the end of this scene a terrible storm is brewing, and Lear is left out in the cold, a former king who is now a homeless pauper. This is a long scene. It spells out the king's disillusionment and helplessness and the daughters' wickedness, selfishness, and greed. Lear realizes that one cannot buy love. The storm symbolizes the mixed emotions that are driving him completely mad.

karthikk | Student

actually there are 10 important scenes which i made a points

  1. Lear divides his kingdom 
    King Lear announces his intention to divide his kingdom into three and asks which of his daughters loves him most. He banishes Cordelia and splits his land between his other two daughters.

  2. Edmund deceives Gloucester (Act 1 Scene 2)
    In parallel to Lear's actions, Gloucester is deceived by his son Edmund and doubts the loyalty of his other son, Edgar.

  3. Lear is cast out (Act 2 Scene Two)
    Enraged by his daughters' refusal to allow him to keep 100 knights to attend him, Lear and his Fool depart into the stormy night alone.

  4. 'Poor Tom' (Act 3 Scene 4)
    Lear, Kent and the Fool meet Edgar, disguised as Poor Tom, on the heath and are persuaded to take secret refuge in Gloucester's home.

  5. Gloucester is blinded (Act 3 Scene 5)
    Gloucester is accused of treachery by Goneril and Regan for having sent Lear to Dover to meet Cordelia's army. His eyes are pulled out and he is thrown out of his home unattended. Cornwall is killed by one of his own servants.

  6. Cordelia searches for her father (Act 4 Scene 3)
    As they prepare for battle, Cordelia and her army hear news of the mad king and set out to find him.

  7. Gloucester and Lear are rescued (Act 4 Scene 5)
    Gloucester, led by Poor Tom, is saved from suicide by his son's trickery. They then meet Lear and are reconciled. Lear is found and helped by Cordelia's troops.

  8. Lear and Cordelia are reunited (Act 4 Scene 6)
    The king recovers his wits and is reconciled with Cordelia.

  9. Edmund's plot (Act 5 Scene 7)
    Edmund reveals that he has seduced both sisters and that he intends to kill both Lear and Cordelia if his side wins the battle.

  10. The tragic ending (Act 5 Scene 3) 
    Cordelia's army loses and both she and Lear are sent to prison. Edmond's plotting is exposed and he is killed by Edgar in a duel. Goneril kills herself after poisoning Regan. Cordelia is hanged on Edmund's instructions. Lear dies of grief when he learns that both Gloucester and the Fool are also dead.