Amanda LynchKing Lear Journal Entry 1King Lear, Acts 1 and 2I’m a little nervous about this play, just because it was mentioned in class how it’s possibly the hardest play that we’re going to be reading this semester. Hopefully I can understand the main points at least. So just starting Act 1 Scene 1, I noticed that already, the characters are saying “I love you” to each other. Now, I remember sort of talking about this a long time ago in class, how some Shakespeare interpreters read into things this much, and with that in mind, I feel like this could definitely be interpreted a little too much. I feel like critics could definitely say something like, that the characters are saying I love you to each other because they have some sexual bond, or that they are gay, or something along the lines of that. I feel like a lot of people wouldn’t let that slide. With this though, this is definitely not me saying that that is how I am interpreting it, but I am only saying that I feel like there are going to be people out there that are going to take those the wrong way and say something completely wrong about them. I just see them saying I love you to each other as a manly kind of love, or just being polite, because it seems like in the olden days, that was more acceptable to say to friends at that level. And especially in this early case, it is also completely acceptable for the daughter to declare her love for her father in this manner. I can already tell that the daughters of Lear really want the land for themselves and their husbands, and Goneril probably thinks that she already has a leg up just because she declared her love for her father in what seemed to be the most loving way. It seems like Cordelia is taking the silent approach, possibly implying that her love is too strong for words? I think that’s what I’m reading it as. Regan’s approach just seems to be her trying to talk herself up above her sisters.