King Lear's pride and love of flattery leads him to bestow his wealth and power to his daughters based solely on how well they could flatter him with words.
Goneril and Regan are allied in their quest to wrench full power from their father. They treat him terribly, remove the knights from his court, and lock top his servant in the stocks.
While Lear realizes his wrongs, and he does eventually reconcile with Cordelia, Albany, and Edmund's forces are already too strong. They readily defeat Lear and Cordelia, and Edmund takes them prisoners.
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As a result of King Lear's foolish game, Goneril and Regan receive equal shares in the kingdom. Angered by Cordelia's refusal to participate, King Lear disowned her, leaving her no other option than to marry the King of France and leave England in the hands of her power-hungry sisters.
After Kent is locked in the stocks, King Lear seems to realize his grave mistake and rides off into a terrible storm. He is wild with grief and begins to lose his sanity.