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A Fairy Tale Family Families arent perfect When one thinks of fairy tales he thinks of the perfect princes and princesses living happily ever after similar to Cinderella finding her Prince Charming However life was not always perfect for Cinderella before finding her prince her stepmother and stepsisters tortured her life In Shakespeares King Lear the play presents a happy and loving royal family almost like a fairy tale Nevertheless the families in King Lear parallel the anguish and strife that Cinderella suffered with her family In King Lear Goneril and Regan portray the two stepsisters of Cinderella Bound by greed and fortune both sisters act out a scene of love for their father King Lear In reality though they plot for his death and his riches There is further compliment of leave-taking between France and Lear Pray you let us hit together if our father carry authority with such disposition as he bears this last surrender of his will but offend us Act I Scene I Cinderellas father was quite wealthy and once he married Cinderellas stepmother his wealth was dispersed among the new family However after his death Cinderella had none of her fathers inheritance Goneril and Regan made flowery speeches to declare their love for their father only to inherit the divided kingdom however their words were only empty and not full of emotions like their younger sister Cordelia Cordelia like Cinderella truly loved her father even if words did not express the way she felt Unfortunately both were left with nothing from their father while the wicked sisters got all King Lears family represents a family of royalty and fairy tale however problems arise in this royal household just as it did in Cinderella King Lear is not alone with family problems his children also trouble his dear friend Gloucester Just like King Lears daughters Gloucesters bastard son Edmund wants the family inheritance for himself His treachery is as wicked
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