King Lear

King Lear

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  • King Lear
  • King Lear has chosen to divide his Kingdom in three. By asking which daughter loves him most, it will help to determine which of the three is granted the larger portion of land.
  • Know that we have divided, in three, our kingdom
  • Tell me, my daughters, which of you shall we say doth love us most?
  • Goneril (right) and Regan (left) confess their love for their father in order to gain a greater share of the land.
  • I profess myself an enemy to all other joys
  • A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable. Beyond all manner of so much, I love you.
  • Cordelia explains to her father that she cannot pretend to love him more than she really does. Cordelia loves him according to her duty as his daughter.
  • Nothing? Nothing will come of nothing. 
  • Speak. 
  • I cannot heave my heart my heart into my mouth. I love your majesty according to my bond, no more nor less. 
  • Nothing my lord. 
  • King Lear is outraged by Cordelia and therefore decides to disown her as a daughter. He no longer wants anything to do with her.
  • Here I disclaim all my paternal care, propinquity and property of blood. As a stranger to my heart and me, hold thee from this forever.
  • Kent, one of Lear's subjects, tries to convince Lear that he needs to stop and think about the decisions he is making. King Lear is then angered by Kent and decides to banish him.
  • Out of my sight! On the sixth to turn thy hated back upon our kingdom.
  • When majesty falls to folly. Reserve thy state and in thy best consideration check this hideous rashness.
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