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The Death of Cordelia in William Shakespeares King Lear King Lear is a tragedy unlike any other written by William Shakespeare It focuses on the psychological downfall of a powerful King It proves that as long as a nation has a king on the throne all is well but as soon as a king steps off the throne nothing but chaos transpires The downfall of the king results in the downfall of the kingdom More importantly it focuses on the relationship between parent and child This is proven in two plots with the most important being the relationship between Cordelia and King Lear Lear goes through a period of great mental instability in which he gives up his throne gives up his daughter Cordelia and also gives up his sanity When this happens all hell breaks loose among the characters and the evil persona Edmund takes control of the plot In most cases love is thought to shine through all evil however it is not the case in King Lear Cordelia must die to illustrate that good does not always conquer evil and this is shown no matter how painful it may be for the audience This is stated in an essay by Northrop Frye called King Lear who says that this reflects the principle that the evil men do lives after them 148 no matter what good may try to do to defeat it Cordelia is the epitome of a true person Unlike her sisters she is sweet honest loving and good From the start Cordelia speaks the truth even though it hurts her fathers feelings and sends him spinning into an eventual rejection of her Her sisters Goneril and Regan are hypocritic wenches who profess their undying love for Lear without an ounce of truth to back it up Cordelia tries to show this to her father but he is completely blind to it and cannot see that Cordelia
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