We immediately get the notion that Lear is attention loving and that he loves flattery. As the scene develops we also discover that he knows almost nothing about his daughters, as he couldn?t recognize their falseness. As long as his eldest daughters flattered him, he was happy. He doesn?t even recognize honesty, as he scolds Cordelia for being true when she told him ?I love your majesty according to my bond, no more nor less?. Lear shows poor judgment when he banishes his favorite daughter and leaves her without a dowry.
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.
While his youngest daughter, demonstrates, as witnessed in Of a child’s feare of his parent, “…/respect ariseth from an honourable esteem which a chld in his judgement and opinion hath of his parent, as he is his parent; and from it proceedeth on the one side, a desire and endeavor in all things to please the parent, and on the other side a loathness to offend him” (431-432). Cordelia loves her father. Yet, King Lear is truly offended because he loved her the most. He is so angry at her betrayal that he disowns
What a Difference One Word Can Make in King Lear King Lear's response to Cordellia's failure to express her love for her father in words is symbolic of King Lear's madness in the play. His madness is most clearly manifest in his need for his daughters to testify to him of their love. Cordellia's failure to say that she loves him winds up destroying him. What is fascinating though is that it is not the rejection of him that hurts so much as his dismay that his daughter would say such a thing. The last line of the selection (Conflated Version 1.1.94) highlights Lear's anger at not only the words that Cordellia speaks, but Cordellia herself.
It is an immature response, but the only one she knows, and it serves for her dual purpose of her hurt and revenge. The transformation that she undergoes near the end of the play is not one of character, but one of attitude. She alters dramatically from the bitter accursed shrew to the obedient and happy wife when she discover that her husband loves her enough to attempt to change her for her own good, as well for his. The other main character is Pretruchio her husband. On the surface he appears to be a rough, noisy, and insensitive, one who cares nothing for Katherine's feelings so long as she has money.
Hamlet’s and Martin Luther’s relationships with their families play a fundamental significance in their lives. Both protagonists present a mixed feeling of resentment and love toward their mothers, and show strong devotions to their fathers. Hamlet shows strong disgust towards his mom’s marriage to Claudius, and believes his mom has betrayed his father and broken their marriage vows (Hibbard 279). Moreover, he thinks his mom is weak and lustful, as she is eager to get into bed with Claudius (Hibbard 282). However, even though Hamlet portrayed abomination towards his mom, he still loves her as a son.
Laertes(Ophelia's brother) loves her with all of his heart. He is always worried with her well being and whatever choices she may decide on. He tells Ophelia to be cautious of Hamlet's love and words to her. Laertes tells her that Hamlet seeks not her but what she can offer. Laertes also points out that Hamlet is evil and that she should fear him instead of loving him.
Hamlet - the Character of Ophelia Ophelia is in love with Hamlet, but like so many women, she is at the beck and call of her family first and foremost. Ophelia is not unintelligent, she is simply weak-willed. She doesn't know what she wants, so she lets other people decide for her, namely her father and brother. Hamlet's love letters are at odds with her father's wishes, and, because she is not able to form individual thoughts and opinions, she becomes confused as to what she really wants. Ophelia's weakness of mind and will, which catalyzes her obedience to her father and thus destroys her hope for Hamlet's love, finally results in her insanity and eventual death.
These two plays are beautiful in a sense of a multitude of second meanings. As with King Lear; his want of declaration of love and devotion from his daughters. He knows which is his favorite and truly loves him; however, it is the favorite and the true daughter that is cast out. She didn’t declare endless and wholesome love for the father. Many treacherous consequences came from the decision of splitting the kingdom.
When we look at both characters, we can tell each had conflict between other characters. Lear had problems with his daughters and Edmund with his father and brother. What got to the both of them was all of their outside influences that caused them to act the way they did. You can blame Lear for being so naïve, but all the blame goes to his daughters Goneril and Reagan. Edmund was mad because he was a bastard, something that is completely Gloucester’s fault.