King Lear's decision was to divide up his land amongst his three daughters. However, how he when about dividing the land was questionable.
"Tell me, my daughters/ .../ Which of you shall we say doth loves us most?" (I.i.49-52).
O father, words can not explain the love I have for you... love more than eyesight, liberty, and space...
This may not be one of his brightest ideas...
Unlike the other sister, Cordelia approaches his question in a different manner. Her answer then would infuriate her father, King Lear.
I have nothing to say O father...
However "Why have my sisters has husbands. They love you all?" (I.i,101-102).
"Here I disclaim all my patient claim/ .../ Let pride, which she calls plainness, merry her" (I.i.115-131).
What is this, for all I have done this is your response!
In this heated situation, Kent then follows suit as he opposes the notion that Cordelia should be disowned from the family. King Lear's rash thought process then leads him to banish Kent.
"Come not between the dragon and his wrath" (I.i.124).
Be gone! Pack up! You have troubled me enough today! Or else you shall be executed!
Your youngest loves you most and chastising her would be faulty on your behalf.
Lord, if I may.. if I could intervene...
Goneril devises a plan along side Ragan, as they hope to gain all of their father.
Sister, I sense our father is weak... letting go of Cordillera, banishing Kent. We must act in his weakest state and gain all his power.
Then it is set, we must act according.
He is not showing wisdom, even with all his year to show for...
Um, I do not know...
This policy and reverence of age makes the world bitter to the best of our times; keeps our fortunes from us till our oldness cannot relish them. I begin to find an idle and fond bondage in the oppres- sion of aged tyranny; who sways, not as it hath power, but as it is suffered. Come to me, that of this I may speak more. If our father would sleep till I wake him, you should half his revenue for ever, and live the beloved of your brother, EDGAR. (I.ii.46-54)
Edmund is executing his plan in route for his brothers promised land. To kick start his scheme, he deceives Gloucester by accusing Edger for writing this letter.
What! Ridiculous! Non-sense! Conspiracy? Had Edgar wrote this?
Find this villain Edmund... tis so strange.
I'm afraid it appears so my father, but...
"Hopefully the reason he wrote this was in taste of my virtue.