Family is Forever…Isn’t it?
In King Lear there are many family ties whether from blood or through marriage, within the play the two major ties that are focused on are the families of Gloucester and of King Lear. In both of these relationships, betrayal is a major factor that contributes to the deterioration family values as well as the family itself. In most circumstances most family members are close, comforting and support one another no matter what. However, after reading King Lear these traditional values do not apply to the families of Lear and Gloucester. Gloucester’s rift in his relationship with Edmund began with the simply embarrassing his son by discussing a very sensitive topic, to his son’s birth, stating “There was good sport at his making and the whoreson must be acknowledged” (Act 1). Due to Gloucester’s insensitivity Edmund ultimately goes onto a path of becoming power hungry, going as far by besmirching the good name of his brother, Edgar. This also leads to Gloucester’s demise as he perishes under the alliance of Cornwall and Edmund, as he is punished for entrusting vital as well as traitorous information to Edmund. And for Edmund the is end is evident after his brother learns the truth of his sinister deeds and Edmund is soon no more The relationship between Edmund and Gloucester shows that there was trust built into the relationship between Edmund and Gloucester, however it also shows that it can easily be torn down and the ability of it to be exploited. Trust is a key factor that is needed where family is involved, and when there is no trust there cannot be a stable family. The family relationships between King Lear and his daughters, demonstrates how betrayal and favoritism can also lead to the demise of a family. In the beginning of the play, Lear has devised a plan in order to divide his king, and each of his daughters must claim how much they love him in order to gain their piece of the kingdom. All goes well with the two older...
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