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King Lear

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King Lear Madness: Evil vs. Good Cordelia Goneril Mortiferous Truthful Tender Tenacious Mistreatment • As for the mercy
Which he intends to Lear and to Cordelia,
The battle done and they within our power,
Shall never see his pardon, for my state
Stands on me to defend, not to debate. (5.1.60) LEAR: Be your tears wet? yes, 'faith. I pray weep not:
If you have poison for me, I will drink it.
I know you do not love me; for your sisters
Have, as I do remember, done me wrong:
You have some cause, they have not.
CORDELIA:
No cause, no cause. (4.7.5) •We are not the first
Who with meaning have incurred the worst.
For thee, oppressed King, I am cast down.
Myself could else outfrown false fortune’s frown.
Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters?(5.3.1) King Lear's Madness Goneril was the reason for Lear's madness What Goneril Did To Lear? Manipulation
Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter; Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty; Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor; As much as child e'er loved, or father found; A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable; Beyond all manner of so much I love you. (1.1.8) Time shall unfold what plighted cunning hides,Who covers faults at last with shame derides.Well may you prosper. (1.1.288) •My lord, I know not what the matter is, But to my judgement your highness is not entertained with that
Ceremonious affection as you were wont.There’s a great abatement kindness appears as well in general dependents as in the duke himself also, and your daughter (1.4.50) •Put on what weary negligence you please,You and your fellow servants. I’ll have it come to question.If he distaste it, let him to our sister,
Whose mind and mine I know in that are one,
Not to be overruled. Idle old man
That still would manage those authorities
That he hath given away! (1.3.15) Pray you, undo this button. Thank you, sir. Do you see this? Look on her. Look, her lips.Look there, look there. O, O, O, O. (dies) (5.3.320) •Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty
According to my bond; no more nor less. (1.1 90-2) •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 marry like my sisters,To love my father all. (1.1.105) •O you kind gods,Cure this great breach in his abused nature,Th' untuned and jarring senses, O, wind up,Of this child-changed father! (4.7.10) •No, no, no, no! Come, let’s away to prison.
We two alone will sing like birds i' th' cage.
When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness. So we’ll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news, and we’ll talk with them too—
Who loses and who wins, who’s in, who’s out—
And take upon ’s the mystery of things
As if we were God’s spies. And we’ll wear out
In a walled prison packs and sects of great ones
That ebb and flow by the moon. (5.3.10) Suspicion Cordelia suspects that her two sisters may be up to something... Only time will tell. Bad Service Noticing Peers Lear's knight sees the bad treatment that Lear is getting and says something to him in concern Gonerils love affair with Edmund Death by Devastation Lear dies because of the tragic death of Cordelia Truth Cordelia isn't able to put
her love into words How can they lie? Forgiveness Lear expects Cordelia to poison him Healing Care Cordelia is willing
but worried about her father Willingly Lear tells Cordelia not to be upset What Cordelia did to Lear? Told King Lear the truth She messes with Lear's head Goneril uses flattery to get her way Lies to Lear Knows that it will gain her more power Goneril tells her servants to treat Lear poorly She believes he deserves it Bad enough for others to notice... But Lear doesn't Unfaithful Decides that he needs to take Lear and Cordelia's lives This is all due to Goneril Goneril lied to Lear to get her own way Manipulated his already disrupted mind Goneril mistreats her father purposely Gets her servants to treat him with disrespect Her love affair was the cause of Cordelia's and Lear's death Edmund killed Cordelia because of his love, this caused Lear to die of grief These actions are all the cause of King Lear's madness She loves him like a child
should love their father Cordelia loves him and obeys him She doesn't understand how her sisters love her as much as they say they do since they have husbands He thinks he deserves it Cordelia tells him she has no reason to Cordelia asks the gods to heal her father Wants him to be free from the insanity caused by his daughters He is a child again At least they're together Cordelia makes him happy and frees him from his madness Forgave him and cared for him Concerned about his well being When asked about her love for him, instead of lying she told an honest answer that ended up getting her banished Forgave him and hoped that he would get better because she truly cares When told she had to go to prison, her first thought was her father and his well being The daughter that cared for him suffered the most Cordelia could have saved him Do you think there is a reason for Gonerils actions and behavior? Something from her past? Do you think there was a message that Shakespeare was trying to portray by killing off Cordelia? What could that message be? Did Lear show signs of some form of mental instability at the beginning of the play?
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