They also realize their problems and self-worth. In other words, the daughters reflect on their problems to take control and protect themselves. Innogen and Miranda represent daughterhood as an emotional journey that reflect the impact of a father’s trust. In Cymbeline, Innogen struggles with self-acceptance because her father, Cymbeline, does not accept her as a person. Innogen’s trust with her father is broken because Cymbeline does not approve of her actions, especially when she marries Posthumus.
Lear is one such character who due to family circumstances relies on his daughters to provide him with love but when he finds that this love for him is no longer what it used to be, he reacts by damaging not only the lives of people around him, but also himself. Shakespeare makes this apparent to the reader through the contrasting settings of the palace and of the heath. The composition of Lear’s household and the events which unfold are used by Shakespeare to show the greed of man. Lear’s family constitutes, his three daughters and him. From the very start it is made obvious to the reader that there is no mother figure in the family.
But Lear's youngest daughter, Cordelia, responds that she can add nothing to what her older sisters have said. Cordelia refuses to go beyond her own heart and conscience; she loves her father, but not to the exclusion of all else. Lear becomes infuriated, and then disinherits and disowns his youngest daughter. The goodly Kent's efforts to restore Cordelia only provoke Lear's wrath and lead to the nobleman's banishment. When two suitors for Cordelia's hand in marriage, the Duke of Burgundy and the King of France appear, Lear tells them that they must take her without a dowry.
Lear’s scheming older daughters, Goneril and Regan, respond to his test with flattery, telling him in wildly overblown terms that they love him more than anything else. But Cordelia, Lear’s youngest (and favorite) daughter, refuses to speak. When pressed, she says that she cannot “heave her heart into her mouth,” that she loves him exactly as much as a daughter should love her father, and that her sisters wouldn’t have husbands if they loved their father as much as they say (I.i.90–91). In response, Lear flies into a rage, disowns Cordelia, and divides her share of the kingdom between her two sisters. The earl of Kent, a nobleman who has served Lear faithfully for many years, is the only courtier who disagrees with the king’s actions.
One of the worst things you could say to your child or children about divorce or separation is that it is the other’s fault, with Mom placing the blame on Dad, or vice versa. When a couple decides to divorce, it is the end of their relationship, and while each partner may go their separate way, when there are children involved it becomes an entirely different situation. While the parents may be divorcing each other, they are not divorcing their kids, and both parents still have an obligation to their children. It is important to maintain a friendly relationship when kids are involved, however many couples do not, and are constantly battling and feuding with each other in front of them. Children may not understand why a divorce or separation is taking place, and they already feel insecure.
Haply, when I shall wed, that lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry. Half my love with him, half my care and duty. Sure I shall never marry like my sisters, (to love my father all).” Knowing that Lear wishes for all of his daughters love, Cordelias response is not acceptable. In rage Lear disinherits Cordelia. Shakespeare makes it difficult to understand the reasoning for the need of his daughters to publicly show him their love.
In turn, their self-worth and esteem are diminished. Often times, children are taken advantage of by their mother or father. “There are a lot of confusing emotions, typically because the perpetrator is someone who they love and they trust and it makes disclosure very difficult for a lot of children” (Bostick 2). Young ones put a lot of trust into their parents, and the thought of breaking faith with their mom or dad is incomprehensible. “I cry from the guilt of betraying my mother, for not keeping the shroud on her secrets when I held them locked in such trust” (Gregory 2... ... middle of paper ... ...e crap beaten out of you, so eventually you stop standing up for yourself and you just submit” (Poisson and Casey 2).
They also, develop resentment towards one of the parents and in some cases they resent them both because they do not know who to blame. The children are hurt and confused, they feel torn between both parents and they are overwhelmed with the thoughts of who will care for them. Having divorced parents can have a positive effect if the parents agree to make the children their top priority even though they are separating. The children must be reassured that they are loved by both parents and that nothing is going to change as for as their activities except for the fact that they will have two homes instead of one. The trauma for children who face divorce is magnified because they do not know how to handle the unexpected.
And so the love theme is made more complex as we have the wrathful love of her father confronted by the love of her daughter for the man who is not her fathers’ choice. The love theme is further complicated by the arrival of Helena. Here we see the platonic love of two friends. Undermined by sexual attraction when we discover that Helena is in love with Demetrius, the suitor that Egeus has chosen for his daughter Hermia to marry. All these complexities of the love theme I will have to reveal both as a director and in the performance of the two young women, Hermia and Helena.
The novels I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb, and My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult, both feature parental figures who mistreat their children, as both parents in each book favour one child over the other. I Know This Much Is True is about twin brothers, Dominick and Thomas. Dominick is the eldest while Thomas, the younger, has paranoid schizophrenia. Dominick is torn between being independent and taking care of his brother. His anger towards his brother results from his feeling that he was not as loved by his mother as Thomas.