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Shakespeare uses many motifs to expand on the themes of the story His most-used motif revolves around filial responsibility Each of the two plots contains characters who betray their fathers Goneril and Regan flatter their father King Lear and then betray him The drastic change that occurred in their attidtude towards their father is clearly evident through Gonerils speech before Sir I love you more than words can wield the matter Dearer than eye-sight space and liberty Beyond what can be valued rich or rare No less than life with grace health beauty honour As much as child eer loved or father found A love that makes breath poor and speech unable Beyond all manner of so much I love you Act I Sc i Ln 57-63 and after she had been allotted one half of the kingdom Tis his own blame hath put himself from rest And must needs taste his folly Act II Sc ii Ln 289-290 They both were interested only in getting Lears land and used any means necessary to get it Edmund in the other plot of the play deceives his father in order to gain his favor Edmund the Earl of Gloucesters bastard son tells his father that Edgar Gloucesters legitimate son is plotting to ruin Gloucester This causes the Earl to banish Edgar and give his title and land to Edmund The ironic misuse of power used by the Earl of Gloucester shows up in both plots Gloucester punishes Edgar and later finds that Edmund was the one taking advantage of him Similarly Regan and Goneril gain Lears favor while Cordelia is left dowerless and banished from the kingdom In the end though Cordelia saves Lear from the betrayal of Goneril and Regan Shakespeare develops these major motifs with supporting motifs He describes how revenge can affect families and create problems for
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