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In Shakespeares King Lear Shakespeare paints Lears egotistic attitude both of which made his life tormented and full of misery Because of his poor judgement and excessive pride he loses not only the kingdom that he takes pride in but most importantly the daughter that loves him the most However as the play progresses Lear journeys from egoism to humility and death Lear is a very egotistic man In the beginning the foolish king who out of whim issues a challenge to his children to which they must respond by trying to outdo each other in praising their father The daughter who displays the most affection takes the largest part of the kingdom He says Tell me my daughters Which of you shall we say doth love us most That we our largest bounty may extend Where nature doth with merit challenge Ii38-39 4952-54 To this his elder daughters Goneril and Regan both express their love claiming that despite being married they love their father with their all On the other hand the youngest daughter Cordelia feels that her lovesMore ponderous than my tongue and says nothing when the king asks her to drawA third more opulent than your sisters Iilines 88 86-87 By refusing to offer praises to her father Lear who is injured by the daughter he lovedmost Iiline 291 disowns and disinherits Cordelia The first scene of Act I gives the readers a clear view on Lears egoism He sees himself as righteous and his decisions just When the Earl of Kent tells him to reconsider his decision he refuses to do so and goes as far as accusing Kent to being a recreant and banishes him from the kingdom saying that on the tenth day the followingThy banished trunk be found in our dominionsThy moment is thy death Iilines 177-179 Even the King of France finds Lears love test absurd and Lear unkind and says that loves not loveWhen it
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