Jealousy In King Lear

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Goneril and Regan’s relationship is based on jealousy and the constant desire to rise above one another. Jealousy is common in sibling relationships, but it is heightened to envy when Cordelia receives the most attention from Lear. A “popularity” contest rises between the two neglected daughter’s for the love that still remains available. (Source) The alliance both daughter’s form is motivated by jealousy towards their sister and revenge of being inferior to Lear. Also, Cordelia’s absence from the kingdom creates the presence of Lear in their lives through their acts of betrayal.

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