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King Lear depicts the gradual descent into madness of the title character, an ageing British monarch. He intends to divide his monarchy among his three daughters, challenging them to to prove which of them loves him best. While two elder daughters play along, his youngest refuses to say anything. Her behavior enrages Lear and he banishes her forever, bringing tragic consequences for all.