King Lear: Motifs Essay

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King Lear: Motifs

King Lear: Motifs


Shakespeare uses many motifs to expand on the themes of the story. His most-used
motif revolves around filial responsibility. Each of the two plots contains
characters who betray their fathers. Goneril and Regan flatter their father,
King Lear, and then betray him. The drastic change that occurred in their
attidtude towards their father is clearly evident through Goneril's speech
before:

"Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter; Dearer than eye-sight,
space, and liberty; Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare; No less than life,
with grace, health, beauty, honour; As much as child e'er loved, or father
found; A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable; Beyond all manner of so
much I love you." (Act I, Sc i, Ln 57-63) and after she had been
allotted one half of the kingdom: "'Tis his own blame; hath put himself from
rest, And must needs taste his folly." (Act II, Sc ii, Ln
289-290)

They both were interested only in getting Lear's land, and used any means
necessary to get it. Edmund, in the other plot of the play, deceives his father
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