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In Shakespeares play King Lear the main character is King Lear who starts off as a respected and powerful king As the story progresses the king loses his power because of his own stupidity and blindness Throughout the play Shakespeare shows that sight does not just come from the eyes The tragedy of this play is shown through the daughters of the king the fool and finally when King Lears sanity is tested King Lear opens with a conversation between the earls of Kent and Gloucester in which we learn that Gloucester has two sons Edgar who is his legitimate heir and Edmond his younger illegitimate son At the beginning of the play King Lear is powerful and harsh He announces that he intends to remove himself from the kings duties and concerns He will divide his kingdom into three shares to be given to his daughters as determined by their declarations of love for him When Lear asks his daughters who loves him the most he thinks it will be Cordelia the youngest daughter First Goneril lies when she tells her father how much she adores him followed by Regan who proclaims her love is even greater than her sisters When Cordelia says I love your majestyAccording to my bond no more nor less Ii91-93 Lear cannot see past the words all he hears is the words not the meaning behind them He does not hear the words with his heart The king was very upset with Cordelia and because of his anger and disappointment he divided his kingdom equally between Goneril and Regan and banishes Cordelia leaving her dowerless The King of France decided he would marry Cordelia without a dowry Giving the land to his two daughters was the first of Lears mistakes for the older daughters did not love him as much as Cordelia did but they were happy to have his riches Throughout most of King Lear Lears vision is
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