Lear's dilemma - future of Britain & Cordelia
Tripartition of Britain - Lear's grand plan
Kent & Gloster - Lear's attitude to Cornwall
Act 1 Scene 1 - Enter KING LEAR
The flattery game - Goneril & Regan
Sharing the kingdom - a third more opulent
Lear and flattery - did he love it or hate it?
Duke of Burgundy - the dowerless suitor
King of France - in choler parted
Edmund - sectary astronomical
Duke of Albany - worthy prince
Queen Goneril - King Lear's successor?
Oswald - this detested groom
Goneril - under the influence
Regan - is she worse than Goneril?
Goneril/Edmund/Regan - unequilateral triangle
Division 'twixt Albany and Cornwall - rumour
Lear's sanity - recovery
The final tableau - Lear endures his going hence
The last word - Albany or Edgar?
The Duke of Albany — worthy prince
Our no less loving sonAlbany is a noble prince of great character. However, his true worth as a human being is not immediately apparent and this has frequently given him an image of being weak and indecisive. This seems to have arisen from a perception that he fails to react to people and events. When things are examined, though, his responses are normal and, in fact, he sometimes responds very quickly indeed.
Albany loves Goneril and before Edmund's arrival on the scene there is nothing to suggest this was not returned. Albany is often absent from court and not aware that Goneril has changed since her ascendancy to power. He knows not why Goneril is angry with Lear nor will she tell him.
ALBANYHe gives wise counsel to her overblown fears but she immediately accuses him of lack of wisdom but considering that only some of Lear's entourage are soldiers he is probably right. Goneril admits to baseless fears. When Goneril visits Regan she does so without Albany.
Albany learns the truth about GonerilAlbany may have been ignorant as to what has been happening during his absence but suddenly he is no longer ignorant. He must have made enquiries and assessed the situation and determined that the villain is Goneril supported by Oswald. When Goneril returns to the palace Oswald tells her that Albany has changed.
Before ALBANY's palace.Goneril accuses Albany of cowardice but she doesn't know his true qualities. She is unaware of the effect his new-found knowledge of events has brought about to change his attitude. Goneril speaks in her domineering manner but she is instantly rebuffed by Albany. From this time onward Albany effectively replaces Goneril as the ruler of her realm.
Enter ALBANYWith the death of Cornwall, Albany becomes the dominant force in Britain and his new status places him at the head of Britain's military forces. Albany is sympathetic to Lear and Cordelia and sees them as wronged, but he is also aware that France has an army at Dover. Are the French there merely to protect Cordelia while she searches for Lear? Will the French leave once Lear is brought to safety? He has suspicions that the French are not in Britain to redress Cordelia's situation but to effect a conquest. He, therefore, intends to oppose them.
Albany proves to be brave, honest and circumspect.
Flourish. Enter ALBANY, GONERIL, REGAN, another Captain, and SoldiersA note is required here about Albany's timing in trapping Edmund and dismissing his soldiers.
A note is required here referring to Albany's bravery in challenging Edmund.