King Lear Translation Table of Contents
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Act 1, Scene 1
King Lear divides his kingdom between his daughters based on their flattery. Cordelia and Kent fall out of favor.
Act 1, Scene 2
Edmund shows his father a fake letter implying that Edgar is plotting against him. Edmund feigns concern for Edgar.
Act 1, Scene 3
Lear annoys Goneril while he stays with her. She encourages her servants to be unaccommodating towards Lear's men.
Act 1, Scene 4
Kent (in disguise) becomes a servant of Lear. Goneril enters and upsets Lear. Lear decides to live with Regan instead.
Act 1, Scene 5
Lear sends Kent to Regan. Lear's Fool scolds Lear for his actions. They head to Regan's house.
Act 2, Scene 1
Edmund pretends to fight with Edgar to incriminate him. Edgar flees and Gloucester sends men to find him.
Act 2, Scene 2
Kent (Lear's messenger) and Oswald (Goneril's messenger) fight. Regan and Cornwall put Kent in the stocks.
Act 2, Scene 3
Edgar is being hunted. He decides to disguise himself as Poor Tom, a crazy beggar.
Act 2, Scene 4
Lear discovers Kent in the stocks. The sisters refuse to speak to Lear or to house his men.
Act 3, Scene 1
Kent says that the kingdom is being infiltrated by France. He sends a gentleman to Cordelia to ask for her help.
Act 3, Scene 2
Lear stays outside in a storm. Kent and the Fool encourage him to find shelter.
Act 3, Scene 3
Gloucester tells Edmund that there is a quarrel between the dukes and a possible invasion. Edmund decides to betray him.
Act 3, Scene 4
Edgar (in disguise), Lear, Kent (in disguise), the Fool, and Gloucester meet outside in the storm.
Act 3, Scene 5
In a conversation with Cornwall, Edmund incriminates Gloucester. Edmund plans to prove that he is helping Lear.
Act 3, Scene 6
Lear appears to be losing his mind. Gloucester, Kent, the Fool, and Edgar try to comfort him.
Act 3, Scene 7
The French have invaded Britain. Gloucester is hunted and captured. Cornwall plucks out his eyes.
Act 4, Scene 1
Gloucester enters blindly and Edgar decides to accompany him. Gloucester asks Edgar to take him to a cliff edge.
Act 4, Scene 2
Goneril kisses Edmund. Albany feels disgusted with Goneril. A messenger reveals that Cornwall has died from his wounds.
Act 4, Scene 3
Cordelia and her husband, the King of France, have invaded Britain. Cornwall and Albany's soldiers approach the French.
Act 4, Scene 4
Cordelia searches for her father. Meanwhile, the French army prepares to fight the British.
Act 4, Scene 5
Regan plans to marry Edmund now that Cornwall, her husband, is dead.
Act 4, Scene 6
Edgar pretends to lead Gloucester to a cliff's edge. Oswald enters and attacks Gloucester. Edgar kills Oswald.
Act 4, Scene 7
King Lear has been found and receives medical attention. Lear is reconciled with Cordelia before the battle.
Act 5, Scene 1
Regan asks Edmund to marry her. Edmund is not sure which sister to marry. Edgar gives Albany a letter.
Act 5, Scene 2
The two armies fight and the British win. Lear and Cordelia are captured. Edgar and Gloucester seek shelter.
Act 5, Scene 3
Gloucester, Edmund, Regan, Goneril, Cordelia, and Lear die. Edgar becomes king after Kent refuses.