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The Loathed Lady The play King Lear by William Shakespeare portrays the effects of villainy and ruthlessness The decline of the kingdom and the lives of those involved in this tragedy begin when King Lear asks his three daughters Cordelia Goneril and Regan to profess their love to him The amount of love that they claim to possess will in return reward them with a third of Lears kingdom The oldest daughter Goneril goes first and is followed by Regan Both these daughters make ambiguous claims of love that when taken literally cannot be true Of course the third and the last to make her claim is Cordelia Cordelia is terse in her description of her love for her father she says what is logical and makes her point without the use of flattery and exaggeration Her straightforwardness disappoints King Lear as a father and as a king Therefore he divides Cordelias third of the kingdom among her evil scheming sisters Goneril and Regan Goneril displays ruthlessness selfishness and ungratefulness towards her husband Albany her sister Regan and her father King Lear Goneril is the oldest of the three daughters and can be said to be indistinguishable from her sister Regan There are some certain evil deeds that Goneril accomplishes though that make her distinguishably ruthless and selfish Goneril displays this ruthlessness and selfishness towards her sister Regan when she fatally poisons her The two sisters are feuding over Edmunds love Goneril still has a husband but her sister is a widow who is gaining more of Edmunds attention Goneril poisons her sister to leave Edmund with only one choiceherself Goneril calls her husband Albany a moral fool because compared to direct action ethical consideration is a folly Elton 152 Goneril sees her husband as a mild man who thinks too much before he takes action Stressing the body rather than the soul her scale of human value is measured in
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