Essay heading: Fools and Foolishness in King Lear

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June 30, 2009

 

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These two women, much like Edmund, find foolishness in evil thoughts and evil deeds. As they plot to usurp Lear's power, their foolishness is illustrated in their single-minded decisions. Goneril states to Lear, "Sir, I love you more than word can wield the matter..." in her insidious attempts to gain her father's land (I, i, 11)...
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Goneril states to Lear, "Sir, I love you more than word can wield the matter..." in her insidious attempts to gain her father's land (I, i, 11). This is obviously a lie, as the audience can very well see. And it clearly illustrates her foolishness. Not to be outdone, however, Regan endeavors to use the same method in the theft of power from her father's hands...
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