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Incest is defined as having sexual relations between persons so closely related that they are forbidden by law or religion to marry Incest is sexual impurity In William Shakespeare tragic play King Lear Shakespeare proves Marina Leslie argument credible in the fact of Lears incestuous desires for his youngest daughter Cordelia After reading the excerpts from Marina Leslie and King Lear by William Shakespeare a question comes to mind was Leslies argument actually credible In reading this report one will find out the truth behind this mystery question and also find out why love is so strong it can kill and cause unlawful feeling between relatives In reading Leslies excerpts I highly agree with her especially after reading Shakespeares King Lear for myself She shows clearly in her excerpts that in Act I of the failed marriage ceremony between Lear and Cordelia And the fustration Lear goes through because of his incestuous desires for his daughter Leslie also states that the socially-ordained developmentally appropriated surrender of Cordelia as daughter-wifethe renunciation of as an incestuous objectawakens a deeper emotional need in Lear the need for Cordelia as mother-daughter In King Lear Lear is a fool who gets the bitter end when he is determined to relieve himself of all cares and businessand will divide his kingdom into three parts giving a portion to each of his daughters Goneril Regan and Cordelia depending upon their testimonies of love for their royal father Goneril declares her love first stating that he is dearer tha eye-sight space and liberty And to Regan he is dearer than all of these Lear was pleased and gave a portion of his kingdom to them he turns to Cordelia and asks her what can she say to win a portion Nothing my Lord I love you according to my bond and nothing more with this answer Lear was very disappointed and reject her as his
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