Are all pretenses evil? In King Lear, William Shakespeare explores the theme of deception and its various kinds. Hungry for flattering words, King Lear tests the love of his three daughters by asking them to describe how much they love him. The winner would get the largest portion of his kingdom. Eager for land and power, Goneril and Regan try to do outdo each other in proving their love for Lear through empty declarations of love.
Textual Analysis In Act I scene i of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, the protagonist, Lear, demands his daughters to publicly profess their love for him. Two of his daughters, Regan and Goneril do not hesitate to praise King Lear and exaggerate their love for him, whereas his third daughter Cordelia honestly admits that she cannot flatter him like her sisters. When King Lear warns her she will not bequeath any land, the Earl of Kent, Lear’s loyal advisor, points out that this is a mistake and he should not fall for the flattering words, but rather for actions. Shakespeare underscores the theme of deceit versus honesty through Kent’s language and actions which I attempt to communicated to the audience through interpretations of the text focusing on his gestures, tone, and physicality.
(Hamlet: I. ii). Shakespeare focuses primarily on the relationship between Lear, and the aged king and his daughters. Lear’s wish is to split his kingdom between his three daughters – after being assured of how much they love him. Shakespeare wanted to show the struggle between goodness and evil, inside of human and how evil changed man to behave bestially. Shakespeare’s King Lear, at the end, fulfil revenge, indeed, Lear divided his realm between two daughters instead three daughters because he followed flattery his two daughters.
Hamlet: a Feminist Perspective Hamlet by William Shakespeare is considered to be the apogee of canonical texts. Hamlet who is seen to be the hero, seeks revenge of his uncle for killing his beloved father and marrying his mother. In the finale, all characters find an unfortunate end and leave the kingdom of Denmark to prince Fortinbras who coincidentally passes through to invade Poland. The play Hamlet has received great stricture from feminist critics due to the actions and behaviors of many of the characters in the play. Feminism is “the advocacy of woman 's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men” (Dictionary.com).
In disturbing Ophelia, Hamlet’s madness reaches the ears of her highly influential father, who says to her, “Come, we go to the King” (2.1. 130) . Their subsequent report provokes the interest of the royal couple, who send Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to learn more. Hamlet then ups the ante, persisting in his act around Polonius himself. This only serves to heighten the concerns of the king, so much so that he devises a plot to discern the cause of the prince’s madness for himself.
Upon seeing his wife, Oberon calls her a,“rash wanton,” which translates to a hasty willful creature (2.1.63). Oberon belittles Titania with words and actions in an attempt to gain not only the upper hand, but the Indian boy. It presents his capability to set aside emotion in order to get his way. When Titania refuses to hand over the Indian boy, Oberon becomes furious and plots his revenge by putting love potion on her eye (2.1.179-183). Oberon’s motive proves his willingness to perform any action for his benefit, even if it takes away from his wife.
Throughout the song, the lines seems to be words spoke toward a daughter by a father. For example, “What dear daughter 'neath the sun could treat a father so/To wait upon him hand and foot and always tell him no?” (Dylan 3-4). This can be seen as an allusion to Shakespeare’s “King Lear, in which the daughters betrayed their father, the King Lear, who has only good intentions to them. Instead of putting a focus on daughter, I think the main intention for Bob is to relate himself with king Lear, who experienced such despair yet cannot find a way out. Gill commented “Wracked with bitterness and regret, its narrator reflects upon promises broken and truths ignored, on how greed has poisoned the well of best intentions, and how even daughters can deny their father 's wishes”(Gill).
She unswervingly bows to the will of her tyrannical husband “Hippolita needed little persuasions to bend her to his pleasure (pg 89)." This is a result of context because 18th Century England was a period of time where women were marginalized and considered to be subservient to men. Her subservient nature is hyperbolized to show that she easily swayed by the will of her husband. This paints her in a weak light and makes the reader feel as the danger is directed towards her because she is exposed to the volatile nature of her husband. Isabella too is in constant danger because of Manfred’s obsession to marry her.
To his uncle, cream, justice is exiling Oedipus and taking the throne. Creon does not vilify Oedipus, instead pitying him and his children for being unable to choose their fate. His daughter, Antigone, decides to follow him on his exile, helping her father in any way she can. She believes that despite her spoiled ancestry that she can prevail and overcome the curse of the family name. Conversely, citizens of Athens—acting as the chorus—visibly recoil when they learn Oedipus’s identity.
Lear's decision to divide his kingdom is dependant only on the level of flattery his daughters show before him. Due to the lack of flaunting Cordelia displays, Lear banishes her as he proclaims, "... for we/ Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see/ That face of her again. Therefore be gone/ Without our grace, our love, our benison" (I.I.265-267). Lear is easily mislead by the false praise his two eldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, give him and is unable to see Cordelia's true loyalty. In the intensity of his wrath, Lear feels that what he is doing is right though in actuality, he fails to see that his ignorance has brought him to powerless position.
Lady Macbeth in the beginning of the play is manipulative, most of the times she manipulates her husband into doing either what she wants or what she thinks he should do. For example, when Macbeth does not want to kill Duncan anymore, Lady Macbeth convinces him by saying “from this time such I account thy love. Art thou afeared to be the same in thine own act and valor as thou art in desire? (I.vii line 38-41). Besides, the audience see Lady Macbeths is influencing her husband’s feelings by she is using her love as a weapon because she is saying do it or I will not love you.
‘She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me!’” (Fitzgerald 130). Gatsby continues to use words that convey possession. He expresses that Daisy “never loved” her husband Tom as if Gatsby knows this for certain. Gatsby never asks Daisy how she feels about this; he feels compelled to speak on her behalf because he is just so certain of her feelings towards him.
The language used here shows how bitter she is about marrying a hideous man, instead of the “handsome, broad-chested Montague.” One can note that Lady Capulet never says a positive word about the man that she married, yet speaks more highly of the father of the man her daughter married. A reader might find it interesting how paralleled Juliet and her mother are. Had Lady Capulet chosen love, she could have been dead like Juliet. Had Juliet chosen duty, she could have ended up in her mother’s shoes, married to a man that she doesn’t like or