King Lear - Dramatis Personae



3 "...Thou hast one daughter / Who redeems Nature from the general curse / Which twain have brought to her."
5 "How malicious is my fortune that I must repent to be just!"
7 "... give the letters which thou find'st about me / To Edmund Earl of Gloucester..."
8 "Have you heard of no likely wars toward, 'twixt the Dukes of Cornwall and Albany?"
11 "You see me here, you gods, a poor old man,/ As full of grief as age, wretched in both."
12 "Give but that portion which yourself proposed,/ And here I take Cordelia by the hand..."
15 "I'll bring him the best 'parel that I have,/ Come on't what will."
17 "See better Lear, and let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye."
18 "Sir, I love you more than word can wield the matter ..."


1 "what I well intend / I'll do't before I speak
2 "...He cannot flatter, he;/An honest mind and plain, he must speak truth."
4 "...we that are young/Shall never see so much, nor live so long."
6 "Sorrow would be a rarity most beloved,/If all could so become it."
9 "She is herself a dowry."
10 "Proper deformity seems not in the fiend/So horrid as in woman."
13 "Tell me, but truly, but then speak the truth,/Do you not love my sister?"
14 "He's mad that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, or a whore's oath."
16 "Be comforted, good madam: the great rage,/ you see, is killed in him..."


1. Complete this crossword puzzle by identifying the speaker of each quotation given as a clue. If you are unable to identify the speaker, use the search feature on the King Lear stack to find the name.

2. For any five major characters, show how the quotation given below reflects that character's personality.

3. Find one other quotation from the play to support the observation made about each character in question 2.


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