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Lears primary flaw at the opening of the play is that he values face-on values above reality He wants to be treated as a king and to enjoy the title but he doesnt want to fulfill a kings responsibility of governing for the good of his subjects Also his test of his daughters validates that he values a flattering public display of love over real love He doesnt ask which of you doth love us most but rather which of you shall we say doth love us most Most readers deduce that Lear is simply blind to the truth however Cordelia is already his favorite daughter at the beginning of the play so presumably he knows that she loves him the most Nevertheless Lear values Goneril and Regans fawning over Cordelias sincere sense of filial duty As Lear first appears he commands Gloucester to Give me the map here His use of the imperative clearly displays his authoritative nature and perhaps his expectation of being obeyed One can clearly an arrogance and belief of superiority over others as he bids the Lords of France and Burgundy to attend him As Lear declares Know that we have divided In three our kingdom his use of the pronoun we instead of I also emphasises his royalty The fact that Lears opening speech is delivered in formal blank verse also implies Lears character has supremacy over the common man As the king describes being unburdened crawling towards death it is clear that the man is getting old and also provides insight as to why he might be dividing his thrown Asking his daughters Which of you shall we say doth love us most in order for that child to gain the largest bounty we see the kings fickle nature essentially asking to be praised publicly by his children in front of his court The fact that he is obviously extremely self-indulgent and seems to be
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