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Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. Shakespeare’s development as a dramatist. The Globe Theatre.

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the globe theatre
The Globe Theatre
  • The Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre was rebuilt on the same site by June 1614 and closed in 1642
phase one
Phase One
  • 1590-1593 “Henry VI” Parts 2 and 3
  • 1591-1592 “Henry VI” Part 1
  • 1592-1593 “Richard III“
  • “The Comedy of Errors”
  • 1593-1594 “Titus Andronicus”
  • “The Taming of the Shrew”
  • 1594-1595 “The Two Gentleman of Verona”
  • “Love’s Labour’s Lost”
  • “Romeo and Juliet”
phase two
Phase Two
  • 1595-1596 “Richard II “
  • “A Midsummmer Night’s Dream”
  • 1596-1597 “King John”
  • “The Merchant of Venice”
  • 1597-1598 “Henry IV” Parts 1 and 2
  • 1598-1599 “Much Ado about nothing”
  • “Henry V”
  • 1599-1600 ”Julius Caesar”
  • “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
  • “As You Like It”
  • “Twelfth Night”
phase three
Phase Three
  • 1600-1601 “Hamlet”
  • 1601-1602 “Troilus and Cressida”
  • 1602-1603 “All’s Well that Ends Well ”
  • 1604-1605 “Measure of Measure”
phase four
Phase Four
  • 1604-1605 “Othello”
  • 1605-1606 “Macbeth”
  • “King Lear”
  • 1606-1607 “Antony and Cleopatra”
  • 1607-1608 “Coriolanus”
  • “Timon of Athens”
phase five
Phase Five
  • 1608-1609 “Pericles”
  • 1609-1610 “Cymbeline”
  • 1610-1611 ”The Winter’s Tale”
  • 1611-1612 “The Tempest”
  • History Play: The history play ,or chronicle, may tend to tragedy ,like Richard II ,or to comedy like Henry V.
  • Tragedy: Tragedy in simple terms meant that the protagonist died.
  • Comedy: Comedy in simple terms meant that the play ended happily for the protagonist.
main characters
Main Characters
  • King Lear
  • His daughters: Goneril,Regan,Corderia
  • Gloucester
  • Gloucester’s sons: Edgar,Edmund
  • Kent – King Lear’s most dearest friend
  • The Fool - leaves the kingdom with the king and Kent
  • Albany – Goneril’s husband
  • Cornwall – Regan’s husband
  • Main Plot: (Part 1)
  • King Lear decides to divide his kingdom amongst his daughters:Goneril (the oldest, married to Albany ),Regan (married to Cornwall),Cordelia (the youngest, wanted by the King of France)
  • King Lear calls his daughters to express their love to him, he flattered by the elder sisters, only Cordelia says the truth.
  • The King disowns Cordelia. The King of France accepts her.
  • Kent is also banished by the king (he disagrees with Lear’s decisions).He is then disguised as a member of the King’s revenue.
  • Sub-plot: (part 1)
  • Edmund (Glaucester’s son),persuades his father to oust Edgar (his older brother).
  • Edmund presents his father a fake letter (written by himself).
  • Edmund persuades Edgar to flee to escape his father’s wrath.
  • Main Plot: (Part 2)
  • The kingdom is shared between the elder sisters.
  • Lear lives with Goneril who treats him badly (humiliates him). Then he lives with Regan but he is treated in the same way.
  • The King leaves with his Fool and Kent. A storm occurs. They meet Edgar,posing as a mad beggar.
  • Sub-plot: (part 2)
  • Gloucester confides to Edmund news of a movement to restore Lear to the throne
  • Edmund betrays his father to Regan and Cornwall
  • Gloucester is blinded and chased away.
  • Cornwall is killed by a horrified servant.
  • Edgar meets his father (without discovering his true identity)
  • Goneril falls in love with Edmund and gets rid of her husband.
  • Lear is led to Dover by Kent to join Cordelia and the French forces.
  • Cordelia finds Lear and makes every effort to nurse him back to health and sanity
  • Edgar saves his father from attempted suicide and from a murderous onslaught by Oswald,Goneril’s steward.Then he discovers a letter Goneril has written to Edmund
  • Edgar reveals the letter he found. In it,Edmund’s plans are revealed – no matter which sister he marrieds,Albany,Lear and Cordelia must be disposed of.
  • The French forces are defeated.Lear and Cordelia are taken as prisoners and Edmund wants them executed.
  • Goneril poisons Regan.
  • Edmund engages in a combat with Edgard.
  • Edmund receives a mortal wound
  • Goneril kills herself.
  • Edmund tries to rescind the order of execution,but it’s too late.
  • Lear enters with Cordelia’s body in his arms
  • The kingdom is turned over to Edmund.
Created by:
  • -Zdravko Botushanov
  • -Vladislav Antov