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In William Shakespeares King Lear and Jane Smileys A Thousand Acres the reader will find that both works use similar character types that mirror each other to increase further the similarities and meaning of the works Perhaps no similarity is as striking as that of the fathers They share three characteristics which bind them and make their parallels unmistakable The first and most obvious is that they are both proprietors of a large estate King Lears property consists of England and Larry Cooks property is that of a thousand acres of land in Iowa This land brings the primary conflicts of the two works into focus Before their downward spiral both men are revered and respected Their social status has brought them honor only up to the point where the fathers seek to divide their land After that things take a turn for the worse As it relates to King Lear he gathers his royal entourage and begins to divide the kingdom between his three daughters To determine who would receive what Lear asks that his daughters profess their love for him When his two eldest Goneril and Regan speak falsely about their affection for their father Lear bestows upon each of them a portion of the kingdom When it comes time for Cordelia to speak she admits Unhappy that I am I cannot heave My heart into my mouth I love my majesty According to my bond no more nor less Shakespeare 13 Her insolence results in her exile As the play progresses Lear becomes maddened by his decision culminating with a storm on the heath Before that his other two daughters throw Lear out of their houses Regan says The old man ands people Cannot be well bestowed 117 Similarly Ginny and Rose disrespect their father Ginny says Daddy if you think this is bad then youd be amazed at what you really deserve You dont deserve even the care we give you
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