His two daughters, Goneril and Regan, go before Cordelia, and give bombastic speeches as to why they love him. Cordelia mutters to herself off to the side about how she feels, and how she loves her father, but cannot portray it like they can. When Lear asks for her flattery towards him she says: “Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave/ My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty/ According to my bond; no more nor less.” (1.2.5-7). Cordelia says
Gloucester’s lack of sight made him believe that Edmund was a good son even though all Edmund cared about was taking away Gloucester’s title of Earl. Gloucester’s blindness up to this point in the play is metaphoric. As the play moves on Gloucester was betrayed by Edmund and left at the merciless hands Regan and the Duke of Cornwall. Gloucester felt bad that King Lear was locked out of his castle thus he went to help him. Edmund snitched on his father and then ditched him when he’s punishment was carried out.
Gloucester introduces Edmund, explaining that Edmund is a bastard being raised away from home, but that he nevertheless loves his son dearly. Lear, the ruler of Britain, enters his throne room and announces his plan to divide the kingdom among his three daughters. He intends to give up the responsibilities of government and spend his old age visiting his children. He commands his daughters to say which of them loves him the most, promising to give the greatest share to that daughter. 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.
The most shocking and maybe also the most fatal sin of King Lear is the disinheriting and chasing out of Cordelia by her own father right at the beginning of the play. When Cordelia is asked by Lear to tell him how much she loves him she answers in a way Lear did not expect by not telling him sweet words he liked so much when they were told to him by Goneril and Regan before. She tells him that she loves him like a daughter loves her father and nothing more. Lear gets mad at her and calls for France and Burgundy, to give her to one of them as his wife. Lear disinherits Cordelia and she has to leave her home to become the wife of France.
Firstly, characters are betrayed due to family assumption. Lear banished his youngest daughter Cordelia because he over estimated how much she loved him. When questioned by her father, she responds with, "I love your Majesty / According to my bond, no more nor less." (I,i, 94-95) Lear assumed that since Cordelia was his daughter, she had to love him in a certain way, but he took this new knowledge and banished her without further thought. Secondly, characters were betrayed because of class.
Antigone - Creon Defines the Tragic Hero Antigone, written by Sophocles is a tale of a tragic hero who suffers with the recognition and realization of his tragic flaw. Although this short story is titled after Antigone, Creon is the main character and he provides the moral significance in the play. First, Creon withholds the respect of his citizens but it is clear to them he is not perfect through his pride (tragic flaw). Secondly, his radical reversal of fortune is made clear after he struggles with the recognition of his fatal flaw. Thirdly and lastly, his pity and fear flowers into an understanding of his prideful and destructive nature leading to his redemption.
He is the rejected illegitimate son of Gloucester, who only cares for his own blood-son Edgar. Edmund, In the beginning of Act 1, casts an illusion that his stepbrother Edgar is trying to kill their father. “If our father would sleep till I waked him, / you should enjoy half his revenue for ever, and / live the beloved of your brother.” (1.2.52-4) Edmund writes a letter to himself forging his brother 's signature to make it seem like the letter came from Edger. Edmund reveals the letter to Gloucester causing him to get angry at Edgar. Edmund also convinces Edgar to flee the kingdom because their father is angry at him, “My father watches.
His actions are reflections of his true feelings while the rest of his peers seem to be ignoring their grief. When Hamlet finds out that he is supposed to kill Claudius for his father he becomes distraught. This is because Hamlet's morals won't allow him to kill even if it releases Old Hamlet from his purgatory. He later realizes that he must start appearing differently than usual in order to carry out his father's word. Hamlet decides to put on an "antic disposition" and in doing so has started becoming deceitful.
He then comes to the conclusion that Cassio slept with Desdemona. Iago defends his statement by telling Othello, “She lied to her father to marry you/ And when she seemed to shake and fear your looks/ She loved them most” (III.III. 210-2). What Iago is saying here is that he questions Desdemona’s trust because she left her own father to be with her. He is telling Othello that he wouldn’t be surprised if Desdemona would do something as horrific to him.
They disrespect King Lear by reducing the number of knights he is allowed to have and ultimately depriving him of shelter during a storm. They do not care nor are concerned with their father’s safety. King Lear, soon realizes their betrayal when he is expressing his sorrow to Cordelia stating “… for your sisters Have, as I do remember, done me wrong: You have some cause, they have not” (4.7.83-85). This line in the play demonstrates the evil Regan and Goneril portray, because throughout the play King Lear has not done anything to deserve the treatment they gave him, instead he gives them all of the kingdom and power he possesses. Ultimately Regan and Goneril’s appetite for power bring about their downfall.