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Throughout history novelists and playwrights have to created dysfunctional families These families lead tragic lives Within these families there are both internal and external battles to be dealt In William Shakespeares King Lear and Eugene ONeills Long Days Journey Into Night the authors reveal truly dysfunctional families In these plays both authors portray the problems and between each member of the family and the consequences the problems will have In King Lear there are two families that display dysfunctions the Lear family and the Gloucester family Within the two families there are many dysfunctions In King Lear there are both major and minor dysfunctions between both the Lear family and the Gloucester family One of the major dysfunctions in both families is filial ingratitude Within this dysfunction is a theme of good versus evil The minor dysfunctions of King Lear are closely related to the major dysfunction of filial ingratitude The minor dysfunctions of the play are the tragic disrespect of authority and the pain of misjudgment In the Lear family the theme of filial ingratitude is shown primarily by the attitudes of Lears elder daughters The play primarily deals with the insanity of King Lear after he divides his kingdom between his elder daughters Goneril and Regan This decision was based on how much each one loved him After he had divided his kingdom he would spend half of his time with Goneril and the other half with Regan His youngest daughter Cordelia was banished from the kingdom after she told Lear Happily when I shall wed that lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry half my love with him half my care and duty Sure I shall never marry like my sisters to love my father all I i 104-110 Unfortunately his decisions to divide his kingdom and to banish his daughter are the cause of his downfall and the downfall for the rest of all his family Lear decision
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