Cordelia

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  • Cordelia
    • Why does she ruin her relationship with Lear?
      • Disagrees with the patriarchy within society and Chain of Being
        • She should obey her father - admirable but unnatural
          • "Women are commanded to be subject to men by the laws of nature" John Knox
      • "Cordelia establishes herself as a model of sensible virtue" Martin Old
        • France sees the goodness within her - "she is herself a dowry"
    • "Nothing"
      • More powerful than her sister's words
        • "She seizes on the fact that the true sense of love implies something which is impossible to conceive of" Terrence Hawkes
          • "I cannot heave my heart into my mouth"
      • As play develops, we distrust characters who are clever with words (Goneril, Regan, Edmund)
      • Cordelia is sincere even though she does not use exaggerated words
        • "I cannot heave my heart into my mouth"
      • Lear's anagnorisis allows him to hear the power of Cordelia's silence
        • "Her voice was ever soft, Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman" pg 387
        • Cordelia "pushes Lear towards the truth"
    • She is pained to hear of Lear's suffering
      • "ample tear trilled down Her delicate cheek" 318
      • shows she is forgiving
        • "No, sir, you must not kneel" pg 354
    • Her death
      • The selfless daughter - did she die for Lear?
      • Her death gives reason for Lear to die
      • "An expression of the playwright's tragic vision" Rebecca Warren
      • Consequence of Lear's folly
      • No poetic justice - good character dies
        • But is she good?
  • Lear's youngest and favourite daughter
    • Cordelia
      • Why does she ruin her relationship with Lear?
        • Disagrees with the patriarchy within society and Chain of Being
          • She should obey her father - admirable but unnatural
            • "Women are commanded to be subject to men by the laws of nature" John Knox
        • "Cordelia establishes herself as a model of sensible virtue" Martin Old
          • France sees the goodness within her - "she is herself a dowry"
      • "Nothing"
        • More powerful than her sister's words
          • "She seizes on the fact that the true sense of love implies something which is impossible to conceive of" Terrence Hawkes
          • As play develops, we distrust characters who are clever with words (Goneril, Regan, Edmund)
          • Cordelia is sincere even though she does not use exaggerated words
            • Lear's anagnorisis allows him to hear the power of Cordelia's silence
              • "Her voice was ever soft, Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman" pg 387
              • Cordelia "pushes Lear towards the truth"
          • She is pained to hear of Lear's suffering
            • "ample tear trilled down Her delicate cheek" 318
            • shows she is forgiving
              • "No, sir, you must not kneel" pg 354
          • Her death
            • The selfless daughter - did she die for Lear?
            • Her death gives reason for Lear to die
            • "An expression of the playwright's tragic vision" Rebecca Warren
            • Consequence of Lear's folly
            • No poetic justice - good character dies
              • But is she good?
        • "He always loved our sister most"

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