Cordelia thought to herself, “What shall Cordelia speak? Love, and be silent” (11). As the favorite daughter of King Lear, Cordelia also offers his father the most pure and wholehearted devotion. However, her reticent nature prevented Cordelia from speaking her feelings aloud. Her love for her father is simply too great to describe in words, unlike the sheer flattery her two elder sisters spouted.
This trait does not go on to prove Hester as a huge feminist character for the Scarlet Letter, but as the book continues, Hester receives the strength to stand up to him and realizes there is no need ... ... middle of paper ... ... him feeble. In the end, he frees himself from his guilt by admitting to everyone his sin. He crumbles under the anxiety of holding his secret inwards revealing Dimmesdale to be a rather weak male protagonist. He also is not strong enough support Hester, to show love towards Hester, or to take his own burden of sin on himself, although he does realize how wrong he is. His inability to outwardly show his sin like Hester proves Hester to be the stronger one which supports the idea that Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter is a feminist composition.
Firstly, his egotism causes untold damage at the beginning of the play. This is evident to the audience when instead of simply dividing his land evenly amongst his three daughters, he asks for the three of them to profess their love to him first. Cordelia’s surprising reply of “Nothing” enrages Lear. His reaction seems completely irrational and by banishing Corderlia, Lear loses his only daughter who truly loves him. Coinciding with this was another imprudent decision to banish Kent, who only seeks to serve his King as best he can.
He exclaims, "O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer!" (Hamlet, I, 154-155) and he feels both hurt and anger. Hamlet has not only lost his father, he has also lost his birthright, as Claudius is now on the throne. It appears to him that she is choosing Claudius even over her own son. His feelings of abandonment create a boiling hatre... ... middle of paper ... ...es still care about them both.
Shakespeare’s play “King Lear” does not lack wicked characters. Throughout the play, it is evident that most characters only care about themselves and their status in England. Such characters as Goneril and Edmund will do anything to improve their standings in society such as killing and betraying family members. In contrast, The Duke of Albany cares about King Lear and England, but he takes no action to prove that he cares for them. However, the character Albany goes through a metamorphosis as the play evolves.
Similarly, his test of his daughters demonstrates that he values a flattering public display of love over real love. He doesn’t ask “which of you doth love us most,” but rather, “which of you shall we say doth love us most?” (I.i.49). Most readers conclude that Lear is simply blind to the truth. As a result, he grants his inheritance to Goneril and Regan because they flatter him with the words he wants to hear, at the same time, he banishes Cordelia, the only daughter who really loves him. also when his advisor, Kent, warns him that this is a poor idea, Lear throws him out, too.
Only through conveying separate instances of incredible treason between parent and offspring can the meaning and truth within the play’s key theme of betrayal be expressed. Shakespeare creates the character of Edmund to be the perfect villain. Not only does he “fight dirty” to gain power, he does it through manipulation and a complete lack of a conscience throughout a majority of the play. Because he is the illegitimate child he plans to, “if not by birth, have lands by wit.” The conflict between him and Gloucester is simply an inevitable effect caused by Edmund’s unyielding desire to gain more than his bastard status affords. He basically rips the Earl title away, along with his father’s eyes because of his unstoppable ambition.
There are a lot of similarities between the two of the female characters; Desdemona and Emilia are both loyal wives, who want to please their husbands. As Iago tempts Othello, Othello begins to believe that Desdemona is disloyal and unchaste; therefore Desdemona wants to appease his worries concerning her loyalty by reassuring him. To prove her innocence Desdemona says: "I never did Offend you in my life; never loved Cassio But with such general warranty of heaven As I might love. I never gave him token." (5.2.60-63) She is veracious in saying that she has not cheated on Othello with Cassio, therefore trying to prove that she is loyal, despite, knowing that Iago has used her for his own benefit.
King Lear: Kings and Fools In Shakespeare's play King Lear, the main character is King Lear who starts off as a respected and powerful king. As the story progresses the king loses his power because of his own stupidity and blindness. The tragedy of this play is shown through the daughters of the king, the fool, and finally when Lear's sanity is tested. At the beginning of the play, King Lear is powerful and harsh. He decides he doesn't want to be king anymore, and so he asks his daughters, Reagan, Goneril, and Cordelia to tell him how much they love him.
Cordelia, his youngest and favourite daughter, will not be drawn into this. "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.87-89 Cordelia's refusal to flatter her father during the love test may suggest to the audience that she is not only disobeying her father, but also committing political sui... ... middle of paper ... ..., is one of great pain and sorrow. It eventually leads Lear to madness and it is only then that he sees the true reasons behind his treatment.