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King Lear is a play written by William Shakespeare that focuses on the relationships of many characters some good some evil This is a great tragedy that is full of injustice at the beginning and the restoring of justice towards the end The good are misjudged as evil and the evil are accepted as good It is not until the end of the play that the righteous people are recognized as such There is great treachery and deceit involved in the hierarchy of English rule The great mistake in this play was made by Lear when he decided to divide up his kingdom to his three daughters In order to determine which share each should get he had each of his daughters give testimonies of love for him Cordelia the youngest refused to go overboard with her statement When asked for her testimony she simply replied Unhappy that I am I cannot heave my heart into my mouth I love your Majesty according to my bond no more no lessIi ln 91-93 Lear becomes enraged and casts her off saying Here I disclaim all my paternal care propinquity and property of blood and as a stranger to my heart and me hold this from thee for everIi ln 113-116 Some think that Cordelia was prideful or even a fool in her response but I believe she was simply being honest and true Another mistake that was made in the course of the play was by the Earl of Gloucester After being tricked by his bastard son Edmund into believing that his other son Edgar was plotting to kill him he put all his faith in Edmund which would eventually lead to his demise Besides believing that Cordelia was being true and honest to her father I think that Lear and the Earl of Gloucester were fools regarding the banishments of their righteous children After reading this play I found it hard
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