King Lear Quotes Analysis

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King Lear
“Whom I have ever honored as my king, Loved as my father, as my master followed, As my great patron thought on my prayers” (Shake. 1. 1. 140). The quote came from Shakespeare’s play, King Lear. Shakespeare wants the readers to understand that loyalty to others can lead to a few positive outcomes. The Author is using characterisation to help the reader understand loyalty

A character that portrays loyalty is Cordelia. Cordelia shows her loyalty to King Lear by telling King Lear her true intentions of her love towards Lear.
“You have begot me, bred me, loved me. I Return those duties back as are right fit Obey you, Love you, and most honor you. Why my sisters husbands if they say They love you all? Haply, when shall I wed That Lord …show more content…

Cordelia also says that if Regan and Goneril were as loyal as they say to their father, they wouldn’t just only have affection for Lear but also to their husbands.
Another quote from Shakespeare’s King Lear is when Cordelia gets captured by Edmund. “For thee, oppressed King, I am cast down, Myself could else outgrown false fortune’s frown. Shall we not see these daughters and these sisters?” (Shake. 5. 3. 5) When Cordelia and Lear get captured, Cordelia is trying to say that she worries about Lear. Even though at the beginning of the play, Lear banished her due to Lear thinking Cordelia didn't show him enough love. Apart from Cordelia, Kent also shows loyalty in Shakespeare’s King …show more content…

Kent couldn't bear the death of his Lord. “I will have to go on my journey to death soon, sir. My master’s calling me. I can’t say no” (Shake. 5, 3, 330-335).
As Kent still shows his loyalty to Lear even after death and being banished, he is willing to die. Kent says that he is going on his journey to death soon, meaning he will die in order to be with his Lear again.

The last character that shows loyalty is Edgar. After leaving, due to Edmund tricking his father into thinking that Edgar hurt him. Edgar goes and plays a poor beggar named "Poor Tom".
“How should this be? Bad is the trade that must play fool to sorrow, Angering itself and others. –Bless thee, master!” (Shake. 4. 1. 40). Edgar is saying that he doesn’t want to pretend to be a nobody and wants to help his father even after his father put him on a death sentence. Edgar wants to be able to help his father after seeing his physical blindness and mental blindness.
The last character that shows loyalty is Edgar.
After leaving, due to Edmund tricking his father into thinking that Edgar hurt him. Edgar goes and plays a poor beggar named poor

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