Written in the style of a tragedy, "King Lear" has been called the greatest tragedy of all time by critics and writers alike, including Irish playwright George Shaw. The story follows the titular character's chaotic family relations, especially those with his three daughters Goneril, Reagan, and Cordelia, and his gradual descent into insanity. The criticism it has been subjected to, as well as psychological analyses into the unpleasant Lear, have helped to further the popularity and celebrated status as a model for all tragic writing.
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