The Selfish King in Shakespeare's King Lear In Shakespeare's King Lear a king is stripped of his land, wealth, soldiers, and all of his power because he is stubborn, egocentric, and unkind. Other than losing money and power he loses his three daughters as well. Lear?s pride is so overwhelming that he is unwilling to allow anyone to contradict him. If anyone (besides his fool) even remotely hints that his actions were wrong he gets unnecessarily enraged. King Lear acts very harshly to his daughters and should receive the appropriate punishment. Although King Lear completely deserves what he gets and has put his youngest daughter through so much torture, he is not
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After not passing on any land to his most beloved daughter, Cordelia, he heartlessly banishes her, then curses her to not be capable of creating children. ?Into her womb convey sterility. Dry up in her the organs of increase, and from her derogate body never spring a babe to honor her. If she must teem, create her a child of spleen?? (I.4.292-296). Lear pronounces his hatred for his daughter in this, and many other instances. ?You nimble lightnings, dart your blinding flames into her scornful eyes! Infect her beauty, you fen sucked fogs drawn by the powerful sun to fall and blister.? (II.2.4.187-190). The king wishes vapors to be drawn up from marshes by the sun to fall on and blister Regan. He also wants lightning to shoot her eyes, making her blind. Undoubtedly, Lear shows his disgust for his second oldest daughter and overreacts when she demands he not take one hundred knights.
King Lear is not a completely terrible person. He is honorable and a respected head of a nation. The other evils at work in the story are King Lear?s two oldest daughters. They behave ruthlessly toward their father and are selfish not unlike their father. Few characters in the play become aware of how terribly the two treat Lear. The first person to notices the betrayal of the sisters is Cordelia. Goneril and Regan have no regrets about lying to the king about their love for him. When Cordelia refuses to lie to her father,