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Macbeth, King Lear and Much Ado About No

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 12:23 AM
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Shakespeare writes his plays to teach a moral story, of behavior and love. The three plays, King Lear, Much Ado About nothing, and Macbeth, the parents are very stubborn and their views are very narrow toward their children. The children know that they are treated poorly but love their parents although they have many faults in trust and love. Each play ends with a loving relationship because thoughts about one another is cleared up and they live happily ever after.

King Lear, has many valuable points. Shakespeare emphasizes the importance of love between family members by showing   how much harm disloyal or unloving   family members can cause. King Lear cruelly abuses   his most loving daughter, Cordelia, simply because she admits that her love for her father is limited: "Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave my heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty/ According to my bond, no more nor less." This truthful declaration by Cordelia leads to her disinheritance. However, despite this rejection, Cordelia continues to stand by her father's side and defend him in his time of need against Regan and Goneril. Now that they have their land and power, these disloyal sisters won't care for or even support   their father. In fact, the two are now so greedy and disloyal that they wish to have Lear murdered. In effect, Lear, Goneril and Regan are very much alike: their failure to love family members causes great pain, first for themselves and then for others.

Lear treats   Cordelia poorly   because he does not realize that he has mistrusted his only true daughter. This mistrust comes from the fact that Lear believed Regan and Goneril when both professed their love for him. However,   neither is honest.   Toward the end of the play, Lear realizes that he has been very unfair   to Cordelia, and that the other two sisters have misled   him. Cordelia, however, remains true to Lear, as she respects the relationship between them although he does not.



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