King Lear



Characters


Page Title
Role Summary
Captain (4)A Captain attending on Edgar delivers Lear and Cordelia to be hanged in King Lear.
CordeliaCordelia (myth) is the goodly youngest daughter in King Lear. She marries the King of France. At the end of the play she is hanged on Edmund's instructions.
CuranCuran is minor character, a follower of the Earl of Gloucester, in King Lear.
Doctor (1)A Doctor in Cordelia's train tends the mad Lear in King Lear.
Duke of AlbanyThe Duke of Albany is Goneril's husband in King Lear.
Duke of Burgundy (2)The Duke of Burgundy (3) refuses to marry Cordelia without a dowry, in King Lear.
Duke of CornwallThe Duke of Cornwall is Regan's husband, who puts out Gloucester's eyes, in King Lear
Earl of GloucesterThe Earl of Gloucester is the father of Edgar and Edmund, who has his eyes put out by the Duke of Cornwall, in King Lear.
Earl of KentThe Earl of Gloucester is the father of Edgar and Edmund, who has his eyes put out by the Duke of Cornwall, in King Lear.
EdgarEdgar is the worthy, legitimate son of Gloucester in King Lear. He disguises himself as "Poor Tom".
EdmundEdmund is the bastard son of Gloucester, and the most calculating of the villains, in King Lear.
Fool (1)The Fool serves as a foil for the King in King Lear.
Gentleman (4)A number of gentlemen (possibly three, although it impossible to know for certain how Shakespeare intended them to be doubled) are speaking roles in King Lear.
GonerilGoneril is the cruel eldest daughter in King Lear. She is married to the Duke of Albany.
Herald (4)A Herald calls for a champion to face Edmund in King Lear.
King of France (3)The King of France (fict) is the husband of Cordelia in King Lear.
KnightA hundred knights, three of whom are speaking parts, and most of whom will inevitably be spoken of but never seen in performance, are followers of Lear in King Lear.
LearKing Lear (hist) is the central character in King Lear. He divides his kingdom among his two elder daughters, is rejected by them, runs mad, and dies.
Messenger (14)Three messengers, two to Albany and the other to Cordelia, appear in King Lear.
Old Man (1)An Old Man is Gloucester's tenant, who helps with his escape, in King Lear.
OswaldOswald is a servant of Gonerill, most noted for getting into fights and losing them, in King Lear.
ReganRegan is the cruel second daughter in King Lear. She is married to the Duke of Cornwall.
Servant 1Three unnamed servants appear in King Lear, including one who dies killing the cruel Duke of Cornwall.
Servant 2Three unnamed servants appear in King Lear, including one who dies killing the cruel Duke of Cornwall.
Servant 3Three unnamed servants appear in King Lear, including one who dies killing the cruel Duke of Cornwall.


Gender Distribution of Characters