Shakespeare 's King Lear And Milton 's Paradise Lost Essay

1025 Words May 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Shakespeare’s King Lear and Milton’s Paradise Lost are similar, but very different. They have many of the same elements within each story, though the stories are very different. King Lear and Paradise Lost bring deception and betrayal to the table with Adam and Eve eating forbidden fruit and King Lear going through hell just to be treated poorly by who he thought were his best daughters. The first story to be recognized is King Lear. King Lear is king of Britain and he is getting older. Lear wants to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and his youngest and favorite daughter, Cordelia. So he asks, “Which of you shall we say doth love us most” (Shakespeare, 50). The eldest daughters speak first. Goneril goes first to profess her love for him and then Regan goes to profess hers. Cordelia is up last and has no words for Lear. She says, “Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave / my heart into my mouth. I love your majesty / according to my bond; nor more nor less” (Shakespeare, 91-93). This sets King Lear off and he disowns Cordelia, allowing Goneril and Regan to divide the kingdom between the two of them. However, as the story continues, King Lear finds that he may have made a bigger mistake by allowing that to happen.
Lear is beginning to lose his mind and he needs to stay with his daughter, Goneril, but she has problems with him having so many knights. She says, “This man hath has good counsel!–a hundred knights? / ‘tis politic and safe to…

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