In a few words, describe Act 1 of King Lear.
The play begins with the 'love test'. King Lear announces his plan to divide his kingdom among his three daughters. Lear tests his daughters' love for him by asking them to each profess their love for him. Lear's youngest daughter, Cordelia, refuses to profess her love and is disinherited by her father.
King Lear Act 1
What does Cordelia specifically say to her father?
What is your opinion of King Lear's decision to divide his kingdom among his three daughters?
- It was a wise decision that showed his love for his daughters
- It was a foolish decision that showed poor judgement
- It was a selfish decision that showed his ambition
- It was a generous decision that showed his loyalty to his daughters
Fool: A character in the play who is wise but appears foolish, often offering sage advice to the other characters. Lear and the fool share banter that seems to reveal a close bond, a bond that is lacking between him and his daughters.
What is the significance of the Fool in Act 1 of King Lear?
What is the main conflict in Act 1 of King Lear?
In Act 1 of King Lear, how does the relationship between Lear and his daughters reveal the theme of power and manipulation?
What do you think is the most important lesson to learn from Act 1 of King Lear?