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Test 2.5 - Joe Soukup Prof Westerholm 1-April-07 Intro to...

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Joe Soukup Prof Westerholm 1-April-07 Intro to Lit Studies Test #2 Cordelia shows her individualism when she refuses to do what King Lear asks. As Lear is announcing his retirement he decides to have his daughters publicly express their love for him. Cordelia won’t do this and replies with, Obey you, love you, and most honour you. Why have my sisters husbands, if they say They love you all? Haply, when I shall wed, That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry Half my love with him, half my care and duty: Sure, I shall never marry like my sisters, To love my father all (Shakespeare 4) In this quote Cordelia talks about how she has done her duties as a daughter and loved him all her life privately. Even though she is completely going against what King Lear wants, Cordelia takes a stand for herself and refuses to publicly show what she has always felt. Edmund shows individualism when he uses all the members of the royal family in his plan to take over. He doesn’t consider the effects that his actions will have on the family as he plans to kill or use them against each other. Edmund unveils his plan to take over the kingdom,
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To both these sisters have I sworn my love; Each jealous of the other, as the stung Are of the adder. Which of them shall I take? Both? One? Or neither? Neither can be enjoy’d, If both remain alive: to take the widow(Shakespeare 105)
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