The Heavenly Queen Of King Lear

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William Shakespeare’s tragic play King Lear is a well-plotted play about obsession of power and land, blindness, and sacrifices for the restoration of the kingdom. King Lear has split his three kingdoms amongst his three daughters; Goneril, Regan, Cordelia, however, Cordelia refused his offer and she spoke the truth and Lear has disowned her. Lear blindly trusted the two daughters but Cordelia. However, this character Cordelia is a significant character through the play, her name means the "heavenly queen" and the word "heart". This character also shows how she can be a Christ-like figure. Cordelia can be a Christ-like figure through her actions, suffering and her righteous path. ...view middle of the document...

’” Peter denies and disowned Jesus when he was asked in court if he knew Jesus. Cordelia has shown love and kindness to Lear and other characters throughout the play who was in her life, she is also a Christ-Like figure through her suffering.
Jesus Christ has been suffering his life after the Kiss of Judas, when he agreed to betray Christ and assist the Jews on executing him, based on wikipedia’s knowledge. Cordelia has suffered a lot after she was banished along with Kent. In this quote “What can man’s wisdom/In the restoring his bereaved sense?/ He that helps him take all my outward worth.” (Shakespeare 4.4:8-10). This quote by Cordelia implies on how Lear has gone insane during the play, and she worries about him and wondering if he is still in good shape. The feelings of Lear has an impact on Cordelia, she suffers as much her two other sisters does, but the two sisters Goneril and Regan wanted to turn on Lear. In act 5 of the play, Cordelia has suffered more, when the time time has come to be executed by one of Edmund’s soldiers, it turned out to be the greatest sacrifice for the restoration of peace and the cleansing of corruptions in the three kingdoms. Proving this statement based on this quote by Cordelia; “..For thee, oppressed King, I am cast down.” (Shakespeare 5.3:5), showing that no matter where she ends up after her death, she will risk anything to do some things right. The sacrifice of Cordelia when she restored peace through her death is similar to the crucifixion of Christ. In the Apostles’ Creed prayer, it tells Catholic on how Jesus lived and died for his people cleansed the world of sin; “..suffered on Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried;.....he will come again to judge the living and the dead.” Their suffering has shown equivalent results at the end of their journeys, Cordelia is shown to be righteous in the play.
In the play, Cordelia has also taken the Fool’s role during the end, the Fool, however gave told Lear that banishing Kent and Cordelia was not a good idea. He mentions to Lear during Act 1; “Why, this fellow has banished two on’s daughters, and did the third a blessing against his will. If thou follows him, thou must need...

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