What King Lear Character Are You?

5 Questions | Total Attempts: 1033

What King Lear Character Are You? - Quiz

.


You May Get

King Lear

The aging king of Britain and the protagonist of the play. Lear is used to enjoying absolute power and to being flattered, and he does not respond well to being contradicted or challenged. At the beginning of the play, his values are notably hollow—he prioritizes the appearance of love over actual devotion and wishes to maintain the power of a king while unburdening himself of the responsibility. Nevertheless, he inspires loyalty in subjects such as Gloucester, Kent, Cordelia, and Edgar, all of whom risk their lives for him.

Edgar

Gloucester’s older, legitimate son. Edgar plays many different roles, starting out as a gullible fool easily tricked by his brother, then assuming a disguise as a mad beggar to evade his father’s men, then carrying his impersonation further to aid Lear and Gloucester, and finally appearing as an armored champion to avenge his brother’s treason. Edgar’s propensity for disguises and impersonations makes it difficult to characterize him effectively.

Edmund

Gloucester’s older, legitimate son. Edgar plays many different roles, starting out as a gullible fool easily tricked by his brother, then assuming a disguise as a mad beggar to evade his father’s men, then carrying his impersonation further to aid Lear and Gloucester, and finally appearing as an armored champion to avenge his brother’s treason. Edgar’s propensity for disguises and impersonations makes it difficult to characterize him effectively.

Kent

A nobleman of the same rank as Gloucester who is loyal to King Lear. Kent spends most of the play disguised as a peasant, calling himself “Caius,” so that he can continue to serve Lear even after Lear banishes him. He is extremely loyal, but he gets himself into trouble throughout the play by being extremely blunt and outspoken.

Cordelia

Cordelia -  Lear’s youngest daughter, disowned by her father for refusing to flatter him. Cordelia is held in extremely high regard by all of the good characters in the play—the king of France marries her for her virtue alone, overlooking her lack of dowry. She remains loyal to Lear despite his cruelty toward her, forgives him, and displays a mild and forbearing temperament even toward her evil sisters, Goneril and Regan. Despite her obvious virtues, Cordelia’s reticence makes her motivations difficult to read, as in her refusal to declare her love for her father at the beginning of the play.

Goneril

Goneril -  Lear’s ruthless oldest daughter and the wife of the duke of Albany. Goneril is jealous, treacherous, and amoral. Shakespeare’s audience would have been particularly shocked at Goneril’s aggressiveness, a quality that it would not have expected in a female character. She challenges Lear’s authority, boldly initiates an affair with Edmund, and wrests military power away from her husband.

Regan

 Lear’s middle daughter and the wife of the duke of Cornwall. Regan is as ruthless as Goneril and as aggressive in all the same ways. In fact, it is difficult to think of any quality that distinguishes her from her sister. When they are not egging each other on to further acts of cruelty, they jealously compete for the same man, Edmund. 

Gloucester

Gloucester -  A nobleman loyal to King Lear whose rank, earl, is below that of duke. The first thing we learn about Gloucester is that he is an adulterer, having fathered a bastard son, Edmund. His fate is in many ways parallel to that of Lear: he misjudges which of his children to trust. He appears weak and ineffectual in the early acts, when he is unable to prevent Lear from being turned out of his own house, but he later demonstrates that he is also capable of great bravery.
View More
Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What trait do you admire in your friends?
    • A. 

      Loyalty

    • B. 

      Power

    • C. 

      A fun time

    • D. 

      Strength

    • E. 

      Eyes

    • F. 

      Gullibility

    • G. 

      Cleverness

    • H. 

      Kindness

  • 2. 
    What is your favorite color?
    • A. 

      Raving Red

    • B. 

      Obsessed Orange

    • C. 

      Yucky Yellow

    • D. 

      Graceful Green

    • E. 

      Blind Blue

    • F. 

      Violent Violent

  • 3. 
    If your parent was to take away your phone for being disrespectful, how would you react?
    • A. 

      Kill them, duh.

    • B. 

      Project my anger on those around me, especially my siblings.

    • C. 

      Steal my siblings phone.

    • D. 

      Ignore my parent.

    • E. 

      Blame your sibling for the problem.

    • F. 

      Challenge your parents for not being fair.

    • G. 

      Passive aggressive pouting.

    • H. 

      Understand the position your parents are in and accept the punishment.

  • 4. 
    How do you feel when your significant other does not give you the attention you want?
    • A. 

      I don't need attention, I am independent.

    • B. 

      ...I'm single.

    • C. 

      Passive aggressive pouting.

    • D. 

      Find someone else who does give you attention.

    • E. 

      Address your clingy-ness with them.

    • F. 

      Complain in a stereotypical high-pitched voice

    • G. 

      Kill them, duh.

  • 5. 
    What's your spirit animal?
    • A. 

      Wolf

    • B. 

      Squirrel

    • C. 

      Cat

    • D. 

      Horse

    • E. 

      Otter

    • F. 

      Honey Badger

    • G. 

      Shark

    • H. 

      Dolphin

Back to Top Back to top
×

Wait!
Here's an interesting quiz for you.

We have other quizzes matching your interest.