Father And Daughter In Shakespeare's King Lear

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Facts that happen in life, either happy or sad, affect one’s behavior. People who express themselves through words, people who put their lives and characters in their plays, novels and the pieces of art that they create, tend to transform their inner feelings and their inside world to their works. For a parent, the death of a child, the death of a person who came in life because of you, is the worst curse. Shakespeare could not overtake such a fact. Inevitably, this would affect his life, the way he acts, the way he writes. The death of a son, the holdover of the family name, the one who was taught by the father hurts a father deeply. To try and avoid any mishaps, fathers advise their sons using the experience they have gained throughout their…show more content…
The relationship of a father who has three daughters and a fourth daughter, the authority is weird and difficult. In this play there are two kinds of relationships between father and daughters. The first one is the authority relationship with his two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan. King Lear, as a father- the symbol of power and strength of the family, wanted his children to be proud for him, love him and show their love. He asked for their love. Goneril and Regan told him what he wanted to hear. They told him the best words, the words with the most beautiful sound, but with no meaning. Then, he asked his youngest daughter, Cordelia, to prove her love. Here comes the second kind of love, the pure daughter love to her father, her idol, her king. This kind of pure love which should not and could not be described with words, but felt only in the heart. The heart is the King of Love. If heart does not feel, there is no love. Goneril and Regan may love their father, their evil behaviour cannot cancel their feelings, but probably, their love for authority and money was more. Cordelia was expelled by their father because she did not know how to speak “correctly”. What she had for him, was her love in her heart. King Lear is about political authority as much as it is about the power of family and its’ dynamics. Lear is not only a father but also a king, and when he gives away his authority to the…show more content…
Instead of scorning Lear for banishing her, Cordelia stays gave, even from a remote place, and in the end brings an armed force from an outside nation to save him from his tormentors. Lear, in the interim, takes in an enormously brutal lesson in modesty and in the long run achieves the point where he can rejoin happily with Cordelia and experience the balm of her forgiving love. Pure love lasted forever, instead of the fake, big words of Regan and Goneril. In King Lear, the power counts, the power is the Reason. The one, who has the power, has the Reason, this is what I, personally, understand by reading the play. There is no control over women in the King Lear because the king gave his power to his two cunning daughters. He showed his anger and his power on his honest daughter Cordelia but in the end she was necessary to him and he regretted everything he said after he went through the cruel behaviour of his
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