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In Shakespeares King Lear the character of King Lear is often portrayed as an old fool on the brink of dotage but if the Lear is looked at in just a little bit different light he transforms into a creature of cunning devious and sly The first scene I would like to address is when Lear proposes a contest to divide the land between his daughters based on which one loved him the most Now this is a fairly dim-witted plan if taken at face value but if considered carefully it was decidedly rigged Goneril was given her share directly after speaking as was Regan both lots were equal in size and stature This fact should have come as no surprise to us in fact the audience was informed of this in the very first lines of the play KENTI thought the king had more affected the Duke of Albany than Cornwall GLOUCESTERIt did always seem so to us but now in the division of the kingdom it appears not which of the dukes he values most for equalities are so weighed that curiosity in neither can make choice of eithers moiety Ii 1-6So clearly from the outset Lear had no intentions of foolishly dividing his lands by asilly contest Obviously he planned to bestow the greatest portion upon Cordelia so whatis Lears purpose in this little deception The only plausible explanation is that Lear hadan ulterior motive to keep Cordelia his baby all to himself Taking a strait interpretation of the contest Lear is completely ignorant of his older daughters personalities For a father not to know the most basic nature of his children especially children the age of his is preposterous If Lear though knew his daughters he could easily predict their responses Assuredly they would flatter him to no ends in order to get a larger share He would have Cordelia go last so that by that time there would
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