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King Lear Victim Of Love

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In his blind egocentricity, Lear has broken the bonds of state, family and friendship. By breaking these bonds, Lear transforms from a powerful, independent individual to a vulnerable, weak, desperate man. Is this entirely his fault? Although most would be quick to say yes, I would have to say no. Lear was a victim. He was a victim due to his immense compassion and trust. Lear is the perfect example of the saying "nice guys come in last". Why should we blame the man for having a big heart? Why should we criticize him for loving and trusting his family? He deserves all of our sympathy and pity. There are numerous reasons why he deserves our pity, but a few very strong cases stand out. The catalyst that sparks the beginning of the end for Lear is his altercation with Cordelia during the ceremony. He asks his 3 daughters to profess their love to him. Sure this is shallow considering it's through words, but everyone deserves to feel loved, and Lear, being the simple man that he is, is content with words as proof of love. His 2 older daughters, Regan and Goneril do a fantastic job of appeasing him, delivering immaculate, embellished speeches that meet and exceed what his simple mind would be satisfied with. Upon his most cherished Cordelia's turn, all she can say is "Nothing". That right there is a lie because we all know she loves him more than the other two sisters. True she does not want to lie to her father and inflate him with false warmth, however "Nothing" is a lie. She definitely loves him. She then goes on to claim to love him "according to my bond". She is basically saying she only loves him because he is her father. That is a blatant lie, and even though she is trying to protect him by saying this, she actually crushes his heart. Who can blame Lear for the way he reacted to this. How is one supposed to feel when one's most loved child confesses that they've only loved you according to family bond? It wasn't necessary for Cordelia to deliver an elaborate, fallacious speech like her sisters' however she should have come clean about her love for him, because she did love him wholeheartedly. Even a simple, short confession of love would have made him happy. "I loved her most, and thought to set my rest on her kind nursery." he says. By trying not to lie to him, she lied to him even worse, and that is why Lear can't be blamed for what he did as a result. Lear holds a world of trust in his family. He loves them so deeply that he believes anything they say. Innocently, he bestows upon his three daughters all of his power only to be mercilessly backstabbed by his own roots. He was so blinded by his genuine love for his daughters that he couldn't possibly imagine their ulterior motives. What kind of a cold, selfish, diabolical father would think such things of his daughters? Despite how he may come across when he speaks, Lear is a softy deep down. At the whim of their rubbish words, Lear imparts his power to them. He trusts them with...

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