Goneril King Lear

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Goneril is the eldest of the King’s daughters in the famously tragic Shakespearean play, King Leer. Her, along with her younger sister Regan are considered evil, as they want to kill their father just to take his riches and power, which is a terrible reason to kill your dad. An early example of her duplicitous acts comes when King Leer decides to divide his land into three parts, one for each of his daughters. Goneril knows that the more fake and cheesy her message is, the more land she will get, so she says “Sir, I do love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty, Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare, No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor, As much as a child e’er loved or father found—…show more content…
The Duke of Albany, Goneril’s husband, is probably smarter than she is and therefore can resist her efforts, but alas, he does not have the strength to completely dissolve her evilness. Goneril then falls in love with Edmund, which isn’t a surprise, because he is both handsome and has just as many wicked ways as she. But when she finds out that her sister has the same desire, she is outraged and poisons Regan’s cup with a deadly poison. Goneril can’t seem to live with this burden upon her shoulders, though, so she promptly kills herself, as she’d rather die than live with this pain.
There aren’t a lot of people that Goneril has the time or patience to care about, but there are a special few. Her sister, Regan, has a similar personality as Goneril, which makes them as close as these sisters could get. Goneril has a negative effect on the Duke of Albany because he doesn’t support her plan to overthrow the king. They have a good relationship in the beginning of the play, but her attention turns to Edmund, that cheeky bastard. Edmund had an influence on Goneril, not necessarily good or bad, but his actions made her poison her sister and kill
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