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Examine the ways the relationship between King Lear and Cordelia is presented in the play King Lear

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Yurcelah Shah 9PQ3 Friday 15th June 2012 Examine the ways the relationship between King Lear and ONE of his daughters is presented in the play ?King Lear? Shakespeare?s tragedy King Lear focuses heavily on the relationship between a father and his daughters and shows the effects of favouritism on all their lives. I will be focussing on the presentation of the relationship between King Lear and his youngest, and favourite daughter, Cordelia. King Lear is an elderly man, quick tempered and foolish. Cordelia is a brave yet respectful young lady, expected of a woman in the patriarchal society at the time the play was set. First impressions have a huge impact on the audience?s views of the character. In the beginning scenes, Lear seems slightly foolish and greedy, because he wants his daughters to express his love for him in the best way possible. Goneril and Regan express their love towards their father. Shakespeare uses a number of techniques to portray their false professions of love, including exaggeration. ...read more.

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Her words are touching, because she expresses her love to her father simply. Shakespeare portrays Cordelia as a sad, strong and very stubborn character. This is evident, when Cordelia professes her love to her father: ?I cannot heave my heart into my mouth: I love your majesty according to my bond; no more, no less.? (Act 1 Scene 1). From this point, Cordelia is realising that her father cannot possess all her love. In this conversation, the audience sees Cordelia ?disregard? her father, although after numerous chances to restructure her profession, Cordelia determinedly refuses to exaggerate her feelings. She only says she loves her father as a daughter should love her father. From the phrase, ?I love your majesty according to my bond; no more, no less,? Shakespeare is able to convey that Cordelia is telling Lear that he should not have to ask how much she loves him-it is part of her duty to do so. ...read more.

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She certainly seems to have inherited his stubborn streak. In conclusion, Shakespeare produces a huge impact on the audience, with some surprising and at times unsurprising consequences to show King Lear and Cordelia?s relationship. The play is a tragedy, playing on themes of loyalty and betrayal. Lear and Cordelia?s relationship, did not develop during the play, as Cordelia was absent through the mid acts, but we see her inputting a huge impact on Lear in the beginning scenes, which the audience recognizes effects his actions and consequences later in the play. Their relationship is of honesty and not false love as Goneril and Regan portrayed. It is as Cordelia said: - ?I love your majesty according to my bond; no more, no less.? It is a respectable father-daughter bond, and they understand one another vastly. Lear and Cordelia?s alikeness, however did unfortunately cause the tension in the beginning scene, but their differences, that Shakespeare has implied successfully, was what kept them in their father-daughter bond, which is evident at the end of the play, when Lear mourns Cordelia?s loss. William Shakespeare has effectively presented Cordelia and Lear?s relationship as a very complex yet fascinating relationship. ...read more.

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