"As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods.
They kill us for their sport." ~ Gloucester, Act IV Scene I
During the course of Shakespeare’s King Lear, its title character is forced to confront the betrayal of his youngest daughter Cordelia, who refuses to publicly display her love for him in order to gain a larger third of his kingdom than her two elder sisters, Goneril and Regan. Publically humiliated, Lear has exiled both his one loyal daughter Cordelia and his only faithful advisor Kent by Act I, Scene I of the play.
King Lear is about madness. It is about old age, misogyny, self sacrifice, and the risks we take in our personal lives by speaking truth to power.