Question: English & Literature

Describe Lear’s relationships with his three daughters, and explain how those relationships change over the course of the play.

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The play opens with King Lear’s decision to retire, passing all his political power and land to his three daughters. He invents a reward system in which he will give the most land and power to the daughter who loves him most, based solely on the daughter’s proclamation of how much she loves her father. Regan and Goneril, Lear’s eldest two daughters, are conniving and manipulative, and Lear has never been particularly close to them. Nevertheless, the daughters heap cheap flattery on their father, obnoxiously praising him and claiming to love him more than words can say. Cordelia, Lear’s youngest daughter and the only daughter who actually loves her father, feels that cheap flattery would cheapen her affection for her father, and she refuses to play the game. Despite the fact that Cordelia has always been Lear’s favorite and they have always been very close, an enraged Lear disowns and banishes his youngest daughter. As soon as Goneril and Regan have seized power, they immediately begin to undermine what little control Lear has left of his kingdom, refusing to house him with his servants, for example, and torturing the few friends and allies Lear has left. Slowly, Lear begins to see the tragedy of his mistake, and the horror of his terrible decisions begins to drive him mad. At the end of the play, Lear is reunited with his beloved Cordelia, who forgives him for turning his back on her. Lear hopes to spend the rest of his days with Cordelia by his side, but she is executed by her cruel sisters’ allies, and Lear dies of a broken heart soon after.
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