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A Monologue By Cordelia Of King Lear

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My father may have abandoned me as his daughter, but I still love him. I am true to my emotions. My senses are clear, I see more clearly than my sisters, and the rest of this poison that has tainted this precious kingdom. I feel that my sister’s intentions are not quite as honourable as my father has once thought. My father is blinded with vanity after all, and so flattering words can fool his precious mind, that craves attention, and constant reassurance. My father is blind to what he can see in front of him I know he will realise what he has done to me, and the kingdom. I have faith that he will see the light, and that the almighty gods will guide him to his rightful self. After all this though my father should suffer for his blindness, but on the other hand he is nothing but an old fragile man, who needs love, that is skin deep and that is shown through actions and gestures, not meaningless words that have sprouted from sweet evil lies. He has been tormented so much by my sisters, and people he thought he could trust have let him down.
The so called love test that my father started was an act of utter disregard for my obvious love for him. I’m beginning to wonder if he knew all along what he was doing, but then again, I don’t know. His possible unhinged mind confuses me. I’ve done practically everything for him, so he could succeed as a King and he just pushes me aside, like everything I did for him meant nothing. I should be the one who is praised, and treated well. My sisters do not show him true love like I do. I will not play his game. The fool is the only one who is possibly sane. He sees this malicious world through my eyes, and I am glad I do not walk alone. The fool adores me so, and I believe that he will guide my father to see again. I hope he shall restore my father’s sight, and act as his conscience. It will be like I haven’t left his side. Such a loyal man the fool is, even though he may only act in that way because he adores me so. At least it is a glimmer of hope in this monotonous kingdom. I hope that the fool will restore his life, and so everyone else’s in the kingdom. To help them see what they have become.
Alas, if my father had not been so proud and superficial, maybe he would have realised mine and Kent’s honesty. Maybe he would have changed his mind. Because he failed to see my true honesty and true integrity my sisters have been able to take advantage of his weakness, and have driven him to madness and have slowly let him wither and die. It’s heartbreaking that my own blood could do this, and to our father, a man who has been there, provided for us since our Mother died. He has been our guide, our light in darkness and in times of great need. He gave my sisters parts of his kingdom, and this is how they repay him. They leave him with no dignity, and love, and reject him to the heath. Although in some ways I believe father should suffer for this mistake, it saddens me to say this but in some way I believe...

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