Loyalty In King Lear

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Loyalty is something that is hard to gain and easy to lose. It is almost rare to see someone fully loyal to another even between family members. Even those who seem the most likely to stay at another's side is actually the one who plots their demise. In William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Shakespeare explores the value of loyalty, or lack of value in these terms, between supposed strong bounded friends and family. Shakespeare shows that even they may have a parent to child relationship they can still turn on each other. King Lear states, “Here I disclaim all my paternal care…” meaning that he no longer views Cordelia to be his daughter and strips her of everything she has and could have gotten from him (line 114 of 1.1). Even though Cordelia
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