A Comparison Of Parent-child Relationships In King

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In the novels King Henry IV and King Lear both parents appear to have tense relationships with their children. Lear's two children Goneril and Regan pretend to love their father but their feelings change after they gain access to his kingdom. Once they are in authority they treat him badly and drive him to the point of insanity. Lear banishes his daughter Cordelia but soon discovers that she is the one that truly loves him. In King Henry , Henry and his son Prince Hal do not get along very well because Henry disapproves of Hal's friends and his lifestyle for someone who is to be the future king. Hal is stubborn and refuses to listen to his father but in the end he proves that he really does love his father.

In the novel King Lear, Lear is the ruling authority of Britain who has decided that he wants to step down from the throne.

He plans to divide his kingdom between his three daughters Goneril, Regan and Cordelia. Lear is going to give the daughter who says that she loves him the most the bigger share of his wealth, and thus he asks each daughter to say which of them loves him the most. Lear's oldest two daughter's Goneril and Regan are schemers and try to entice their father by saying that they love him more than anything else. In Goneril's reply she states that " A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable: Beyond all manner of so much I love you" (I.i.

62-64). Regan proclaims that "I find she names my very deed of love; Only she comes too short, that I profess Myself an enemy to all other joys"(I.i.74-75). Cordelia , Lear's youngest daughter and also his favorite does not know how to...



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