"Which of you shall doth love us most?" (I.i.52).
What should I say?
"Nothing, my Lord ... I love your majesty / According to my bond, no more nor less" (I.i.94-95).
Nothing? How dare you, Cordelia?
By: Breanna Henry Mrs. Kotes ENG 4U1 8 March 2019
"This hideous rashness ... /Thy youngest does not love thee least"(I.i.153-154).
That's enough Kent! I never want to see you again!
King Lear of Britain, in his old age decides to divide his kingdom. He asks his daughters how much they love him, having their answers determine the amount of land they will inherit. Goneril and Regan flatter Lear with their proclamation of love for him.
No inheritance, farewell!
I'll marry you for love, Cordelia
Lear's youngest and dearest daughter, Cordelia answers her father honestly by declaring that she cannot pretend to love her father more than she does. Her answer enrages King Lear who disowns her immediately.
Our father is crazy! Let's take turns accommodating him and his one hundred knights
Lear's loyal servant, Kent tries to defend Cordelia against Lear's rage. He asks Lear to not act rashly and see that Cordelia does not love him any less. Unfortunately, this further invokes Lear, causing him to banish Kent.
Lear summons the Duke of Burgandy and the King of France, Cordelia's potential suitors. He informs both men of Cordelia's disinheritance and asks if their offers of marriage still stands. The Duke of Burgandy revokes his offer, while the King of France agrees to marry Cordelia.
Goneril and Regan discuss their father's actions, fearing that they will suffer from his mental instability as Cordelia has. They agree to work together, taking turns accommodating their father and his one hundred knights.