This is now one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. This story masterfully shows the downfall of Lear through his pride. It also shows the effects his pride has on those around him (mostly his children). We all know Shakespeare’s a genius, so I’ll just give a few things about this particular play that I really liked.
The appearance vs. reality.
The Cinderella qualities to it (although in this case, she’s got some pretty messed up ‘step-sisters’)
The character of Edmund was really interesting. He’s mad that since he’s the illegitimate son, he’s not his father’s favorite or able to inherit, so he lashes out. Not excusing the horrible things he did, he then shows some repentance at the end. No sinner is too far gone for grace.
The hard truth that the innocent sometimes suffer for the wrongdoings of others.