Act 1

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  • King Lear hopes to divide his power between his three daughters, Goneril, Reagan, and Cordelia. However, Cordelia, and the earl of Kent, finding Lear's decision to be rash, protest his decision.
  • ME MY LORD!
  • If anyone objects to the division of my land, speak now. Do not worry to please speak up.
  • WE LOVE YOU FATHER!
  • ME DAD!
  • WELL THEN YOU ARE BANISHED! LEAVE NOW!
  • Lear banishes Kent and Cordelia for not backing up his decision to divide the land.
  • Meanwhile... The Duke of Gloucester's illegitimate son plots to betray his brother Edmund to gain power.
  • I, Edmund, shall become my father's heir by accusing my brother Edgar of treason!
  • While Lear spends his first portion of his retirement with Goneril, Goneril informs her servant Oswald and her servants to behave rudely to him.
  • Show my obnoxious father no kindness while he stays here, I shall inform Reagan to act the same.
  • As Lear and his fool prepare to leave towards Reagan's as Goneril has shown him no respect, Kent returns in disguise to offer his services to the king.
  • I offer my services to you.
  • Nuncle Lear, take me with thee
  • With the fool and Kent in disguise, Lear sets out towards Reagan's.
  • Are you mad my lord?
  • Nuncle, are you mad?
  • Am I mad? Am I mad? Maybe...
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