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William Shakespeares play King Lear is a play full of deceit betrayal andmeaningless promises This becomes evident in the first few lines We firstlearn of the empty words of Goneril and Regan as well as their hatred fortheir father King Lear This becomes the center of the play and also leadsto the madness that the king suffers from The first words that Goneril speaks are totally empty and are the completeopposite of what she really feels She says Sir I love you more than wordcan wield the matter Dearer than eye-sight space and liberty Ii54-55The reason why there are no words to express her love for her father is thatshe has no love for him and it does not exist The same goes for her sisterRegan who is plotting against her father as well She says that she feelsthe same way as her sister and expresses how Goneril has named her very deedof love Regan adds a little twist to this and professes that she loves Learmore than her sisters and that Gonerils affection for her father comestoo short Ii71 By uttering these words Regan shows that her love iseven less true than that of her sisters She goes even farther to saythat I professMyself an enemy to all other joysWhich the most precious square of sense possessesAnd find I am alone felicitateIn your dear highness loveIi71-75This goes to show that she is more greedy than her sister and her words arealso falser She wants more than her sister and will do anything to attainher goal Her ambition to get what she wants is evident in the words thatshe speaks She claims herself to be an enemy to all other joys but sheis really the enemy to her father The next person King Lear calls to speak is his soft-spoken daughter CordeliaLear does not have much respect for her because she does not flatter himand put him on the pedestal that he feels that he
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