An great and horrific tragedy!
Extremely entertaining too!
Ok, here is the low down on
King Lear. So there is this king who loves his daughter Cordelia
above the other two, Goneril and Regan (they just happen to be
evil). Now Cordelia, the beautiful and good daughter, makes the King mad and
in anger he bequeaths all his fortunes and powers to the evil
Well this gets
pretty complicated, but even more exciting, as a second plot opens.
A father, two sons (one villainous, one angelic) and a scandalous
letter of a murderous plot are now entangled into the tragedy.
Without giving away the entire
story, I will say Shakespeare takes the story to the peak (did I
mention the suicidal jump) of dramatization!
For those who have never read
Shakespeare, it helps to get an edition with explanation included.
In honor of President
Gordon B. Hinckley, who loved great books and Shakespeare.