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In most tragic pieces of literature it is very common to see the demise or destruction of a characters mind and poise as a stable person Besides looking at the actual demise though it is also important to look at the effects of unrewarding events and the relationship of certain characters In both Shakespeares King Lear and Smileys A Thousand Acres both issues prove to be the causes of demise and destruction despite the fact that appearances indicate all is well In King Lear we read a classic Shakespeare tragedy He presents a story of an old king who in his later years but not near death decides to divide his land amongst his three daughters Lear decides to split the land between his two oldest daughters Goneril and Regan and his youngest daughter Cordelia who as his favorite daughter was to receive the largest piece of land Lear asked his daughters to express their love to him or better yet to express how much they loved him Goneril and Regan were very quick to lay on extreme flattery and untrue love They expressed how their love for him was unmatched and how they could love nothing or no one as they love him In return they received their respective share of land and power Cordelia always honest and virtuous simply answers Nothing my lord Cordelia did not give an answer that the self-indulged egotistical king was looking for She was not being snide or bitter but truthful She tried to explain that her love while real was simply that of how a love for a father from a daughter should be no more no less Unmarried she explained that one-day she must also carry a love for her husband not just her father as her sisters answered Despite the honest and innocent appearance of her remarks Cordelia is banished from the palace left family and friendless
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