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Explore the Relationship between Lear and Cordelia with Particular Reference to Act one Scene one; and how it Affects to the Rest of the Play.

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Explore the Relationship between Lear and Cordelia with Particular Reference to Act one Scene one; and how it Affects to the Rest of the Play. The play starts off with Kent and Gloucester discussing which son-in-law the King prefers most to give his Kingdom too. Lear then explains on the next page that he intends to divide his kingdom up into three sections. "Know that we have divided In three our kingdom," Lear gives the reason that he is old and does not want to deal with affairs of state into his old age; he believes these problems should be given to younger people as Lear approaches his death. ...read more.

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"Which of you shall we say doth love us most, That we our largest bounty may extend" Lear likes to be assured he likes to be made a "fuss-of", if he did not then he would not ask his daughters to show their love for him. Especially not in front of all the people that our in this scene. First of all Lear asks his eldest daughter Gonerill to speak gonerill goes totally over the top in expressing her love, as she is driven by greed, she wants the largest piece of land as it will bring the most power. Gonerill says things like: "Sir, I love you more than the world can wield matter, Dearer that eyesight, space and liberty;" After the speech Cordelia says to herself, "What shall Cordelia speak? ...read more.

Conclusion

Lear is not pleased with this and gives Cordelia several chances to improve what she has said; when Cordelia will not show a great love of her father Lear gets angry. Lear explodes with anger his love has turned to anger in seconds. Lear demands to see Cordelias suitors France and Burgundy to marry her to one of them quickly so that he can get rid of his daughter only there will be no dowry. Kent try's to stop the king but this makes Lear even angrier. " Kent, on thy life no more" Kent persists and is banished by Lear. Burgundy refuses to marry Cordelia without some gift of land and so it is France that takes Cordelia with him. ...read more.

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