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Topics: William Shakespeare, King Lear, First Folio Pages: 1 (279 words) Published: July 17, 2014
Thesis:
In the play, King Lear by William Shakespeare, King Lear’s character, actions and loss and regain of identity is reflected through his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia.

Both Regan and Goneril show material love. Goneril mirrors Lear’s brutal, harsh side and beginning of his loss of identity. In the play, Goneril will only accept a situation only if in her full command. This can be shown when, Goneril tells that his solders are “disordered, so debauched and bold”, that the “court, infected with their manners/Shows like a riotous inn” (1.4.256) eventually asking him to lessen the amount of knights. Goneril wants to gain control over Lear, by reducing his knights, but Lear does not want to because he believes he still has control, stating his knights as “men of choice and rarest parts.” Similar to Goneril’s actions, Lear will only accept situation if in his full command. In Act 1 Scene 1, Lear asks all his daughters to flatter him, however he was rejected by Cordelia, eventually resulting in Cordelia’s banishment and disownment. Goneril, not only reflects Lear’s actions against Cordelia, she also reflects Lear’s loss of power and identity. When she asks Lear to lessen his amount, it is clear that Goneril will gain full control over Lear, eventually causing Lear to question who he truly is. As Lear begins to lose his identity, he can see his reflection of brutality and harshness through his daughters, when they begin to overpower him.

Thesis:
In the play, King Lear by William Shakespeare, King Lear’s character, actions and loss and regain of identity is reflected through his three daughters, Goneril, Regan and Cordelia.
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