William Shakespeare 's King Lear Essay examples

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William Shakespeare’s King Lear is about the aging king of Britain, King Lear, and how he splits his kingdom among his daughters. King Lear steps down from power and divides his kingdom between his daughters: Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Major themes in the play are loyalty, treachery and duplicity of human nature, reconciliation, and justice. These themes are presented in speeches that show the development of major characters in the play. The theme of loyalty is presented in speeches that contribute to the development of major characters in the play. Characters that were loyal are Cordelia and Kent. Cordelia and Kent remained loyal to King Lear even though King Lear punished them. Though being disowned by her father, Cordelia remained loyal to King Lear:
Good my lord,
You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I
Return those duties back as are right fit,
Obey you, love you, and most honor you.
Why have my sisters husbands if they say
They love you all? Haply, when I shall wed,
That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry
Half my love with him, half my care and duty.
Sure I shall never my like my sisters,
[To love my father all.]
(Shakespeare I.I.95-104)
During this time, King Lear demanded his daughters to profess their love to him. Goneril and Regan professed their love to King Lear. However, in this speech, Cordelia got to point and told King Lear how she felt. She said that Goneril and Regan were being disloyal to their husbands: “Why have my sisters husbands if…

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