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A Comparison Of Parent Child Relationships In King

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In the novels King Henry IV and King Lear both parents appear to have tense relationships with their children. Lear's two children Goneril and Regan pretend to love their father but their feelings change after they gain access to his kingdom. Once they are in authority they treat him badly and drive him to the point of insanity. Lear banishes his daughter Cordelia but soon discovers that she is the one that truly loves him. In King Henry , Henry and his son Prince Hal do not get along very well because Henry disapproves of Hal's friends and his lifestyle for someone who is to be the future king. Hal is stubborn and refuses to listen to his father but in the end he proves that he really does love his father. In the novel King Lear, Lear is the ruling authority of Britain who has decided that he wants to step down from the throne. He plans to divide his kingdom between his three daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Lear is going to give the daughter who says that she loves him the most the bigger share of his wealth, and thus he asks each daughter to say which of them loves him the most. Lear's oldest two daughter's Goneril and Regan are schemers and try to entice their father by saying that they love him more than anything else. In Goneril's reply she states that " A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable: Beyond all manner of so much I love you" (I.i.62-64). Regan proclaims that "I find she names my very deed of love; Only she comes too short, that I profess Myself an enemy to all other joys"(I.i.74-75). Cordelia , Lear's youngest daughter and also his favorite does not know how to answer her father's question and says, " Unhappy that I am I cannot heave My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty According to my bond, nor more nor less (I.i. 93-95). This reply by Cordelia causes Lear to banish her as his daughter and divide his kingdom between his other two daughters. In passing his authority on to Goneril and Regan, Lear has made a grave mistake. Neither of his two daughters really love him but only want to be rid of his supremacy and have complete control over the kingdom. When Lear goes to stay at Goneril's castle we see how her declaration of love for her father changes. Goneril complains to her servant Oswald that Lears knights are becoming "riotus" and that her father is also a rude guest. She orders her servants to be unkind to her father and his attendants which they do and Lear begins to notice. Goneril finally confronts her father personally and tells him that his servants and knights are nit behaving properly and must leave regardless of his wishes. Lear cannot believe that Goneril is treating him so harshly and betraying him but unfortunately she sends away fifty of his knights. He regrets that he ever gave his kingdom to Goneril and wishes that she will never have a child and if she does that she will have a harsh life as a mother. King Lear decides that he will move with...

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