The King Lear monologues below are extracts from the full modern King Lear ebook, along with a modern English translation. Reading through the original King Lear monologues followed by a modern version and should help you to understand what each King Lear monologue is about:

“Blow, Winds and Crack Your Cheeks” (Spoken by King Lear, Act 3 Scene 2)
“O, Reason Not The Need” (Spoken by Lear, Act 2 Scene 4)
“Unhappy That Am I, I Cannot Heave” (Spoken by Cordelia, Act 1 Scene 1)

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Barry Rutter on stage delivering a King Lear monologue

Barry Rutter delivers one of the many King Lear monologues on stage