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Characters of King Lear the play by William Shakespeare

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This page contains a list of the characters in King Lear by William Shakespeare. A summary of the plot
and many play details can be accessed via King Lear the play by William Shakespeare. The enduring
works of William Shakespeare feature many famous and well loved characters. The descriptions of the
characters in his plays paint clear pictures which enable the audience to fully appreciate the plots. The
Characters range from comedic to tragic. Figures from history become 'alive' through the character
drawings of William Shakespeare. Detailed below are the list of characters in King Lear .

Characters in King Lear


King Lear
Goneril
Oswald
Tom o' Bedlam
Regan


Cordelia
Caius
Curan
Edmund
Edgar

The appeal of the people that Shakespeare created
The most famous of playwrights - the most famous of plays. The plots range from comedy to tragedy and
the great male and female comic and tragic characters who bring the plots and stories to life are the
wonderful people that the great Bard created. Not only do we remember the stories but we remember the
people - we all have our favourites. But the plays of William Shakespeare go even further - we actually
recall exactly what an individual character says! How many of us can quote from movies that we have
seen? There are a few. But not many ! Compare these multi-million dollar movies to the plays of the Bard.
Here are a few examples of why the works of the Bard live on for hundreds of years after they were
written and why we can all relate to the picture that the character has painted and why the great, the
good, the comic and the evil characters of William Shakespeare will never be forgotten:

"This above all: to thine own self be true" Hamlet quote (Act I, Sc. III)

"In my mind's eye". Hamlet quotation (Quote Act I, Scene II)

"Cry ' Havoc ' and let slip the dogs of war". Julius Caesar Quote (Act III, Sc. I)

" In the twinkling of an eye". The Merchant of Venice Quote       Act ii. scene. 2

"The course of true love never did run smooth". A Midsummer Night’s Dream Quote (Act I, Scene I)

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". Romeo and
Juliet Quote ( Act II, Sc. II)

Love, hate, anger, revenge, prejudice, humour, jealousy, revenge, deceit - we can relate to all of the
emotions and all of the people that the great Bard has given to us.

				
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