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The general plot of King Lear revolves mainly around the conflict between the King and his daughters although there is a definite and distinct sub-plot dealing with the plight and tragedy of Gloucester as well One of the main themes that Shakespeare chooses to focus on in King Lear is the dysfunctional nature of not only the royal family and Gloucester but the heartache and emotional strain that goes along with being a parent and having to make a decision that will divide your children This play focuses on not only the after effects of this decision but the way in which it affects the King his children and his subjects as well King Lear is also a play full of deceit and betrayal This is clearly seen in the first few lines We first learn of the empty words of Goneril and Regan as well as their hatred and contempt for their father King Lear Their attitudes towards Lear becomes the center of the play and also leads to the madness that the king suffers from The first words that Goneril speaks are totally empty and are the opposite of what she really feels She says Sir I love you more than word can wield the matter Dearer than eye-sight space and liberty Ii60-62 The reason there are no words to express her love for her father is that she has no love for him and it does not exist The same goes for her sister Regan who is plotting against her father as well She says that she feels the same way as her sister and expresses how Goneril has named her very deed of love Regan adds a little twist to this and professes that she loves Lear more than her sisters and that Gonerils affection for her father comes too shortIi71 By uttering these words Regan shows that her love is even less true than that of her sisters She goes
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