King Lear | Critical Essay by Barbara C. Millard

This literature criticism consists of approximately 32 pages of analysis & critique of King Lear.
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SOURCE: "Virago with a Soft Voice: Cordelia's Tragic Rebellion in King Lear," in Philological Quarterly, Vol. 68, No. 2, Spring, 1989, pp. 143-65.

In this essay, Millard examines Cordelia's part in the political elements of King Lear, noting that her rejection of her role as daughter in favor of one typically reserved for a son results in an internal struggle to attain her identity.

Cordelia's silences, absences, and the highly emblematic quality of the scenes in which she appears have inspired a strong critical tradition which views the role played by Lear's youngest daughter as primarily supportive and, therefore, dramatically secondary. With so few lines, Cordelia, however revered, has yet to be recognized fully as a major character at the center of the play's action, a tragic figure who consistently plays a crucial role in the determination of events in King Lear, including her own death.1 This...

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