Examines the father/daughter relationships in plays by William Shakespeare's, focusing on "King Lear".
# 64233 | 1,257 words | 3 sources | 2005 |
Published on Mar 01, 2006 in Shakespeare (King Lear) , Shakespeare (Othello) , Shakespeare (The Tempest) , Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Literature (Comparative Literature)
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Most, if not all, of Shakespeare's plays carry a theme where the relationship of the main father and daughter has an important role in the climax and outcome of the stories. By examining the relationship between King Lear and Cordelia in Shakespeare's "King Lear", this paper presents the opinion that the play has the most significant father and daughter relationship out of all Shakespeare's works. The paper also examines "The Tempest" and "Othello".
From the Paper:"In King Lear, Cordelia, the youngest daughter of Lear, refused to go overboard in her statement of love towards her father. When asked for her testimony, she simply replied, "Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave my heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty according to my bond, no more no less." Lear became enraged and casted her off saying, "Here I disclaim all my paternal care, propinquity and property of blood, and as a stranger to my heart and me hold this from thee for ever." Some think that Cordelia was prideful, or even a fool in her response, but I believe she was simply being honest and true."
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