King Lear Act V, Scene 3: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act V, Scene 3: Summary and Analysis

In military triumph over France, Edmund enters with Lear and Cordelia whom he has taken captive. Cordelia assures the King that they are not the first who have lost their fortunes in spite of good intentions. Her concern is for her father, but he is perfectly content to be confined with Cordelia “like birds i’ th’ cage.” Edmund then instructs his soldiers to take them away to prison where they will be kept until they can be arraigned. He slips the captain a private note, promising him an advancement if he carries out the devious scheme he has outlined for him. The captain quickly agrees to the scheme.

Albany enters with Goneril, Regan, and their soldiers. Formally commending Edmund for his...

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