William Shakespeare 's King Lear Essay

732 Words Dec 7th, 2015 3 Pages
During the course of the semester, the class was assigned a large sum of works to read. These works varied between different time periods and writer style. Each book, had multiple themes to them, some had a little in common. The books, “King Lear” by William Shakespeare, “Oedipus The King” and “Antigone” both by Sophocles, have many themes throughout the books. While some themes are more prominent than others, it’s not difficult to find the other themes that linger within the texts. In “King Lear” the king, wants to divide his kingdom up between his three daughters; Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia Before dividing the land, he asks his daughters to profess their love to him. Although it would be wise to split it evenly between the three, that’s not the case. The king has an obvious favorite, his youngest daughter, Cordelia. He wants to give her the most land. Goneril speaks first since she’s the eldest, and King Lear, pleased with what she says about her love to him, grants a portion of the land. Regan, goes next. King Lear, please with what he hears, grants her portion of the land. Even though, he seems pleased with his girls’ responses, he’s most excited to hear about Cordelia’s love. King Lear asks Cordelia to put her love into words for him. Unsuccessful, she tells him she can not, only because she can’t express her love for him in words. Throughout the play, there are three prominent themes; justice, reconciliation, and authority versus chaos. One theme that’s…

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