Act I, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
King Lear: king of pre-Christian Britain; protagonist of the play

Goneril: King Lear’s oldest daughter with whom he lives first

Regan: King Lear’s middle daughter who refuses to take him in

Cordelia: King Lear’s youngest daughter who is banished and disinherited

Duke of Cornwall: husband of Regan who stops at nothing to gain power

Duke of Albany: the mild-mannered husband of Goneril

Earl of Kent: King Lear’s devoted courtier who is banished

Earl of Gloucester: protagonist of the subplot whose family situation is analogous to Lear’s

Edmund: bastard son of Gloucester

King of France:...

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