The Destruction Of Order In King Lear

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In Act I of King Lear there are many underlying factors that lead to the destruction of the old order. The ultimate destruction of this order crosses many dimensions including familial, social, personal, natural and divine. Throughout the course of this essay it will be discussed how each of these factors attributed to the destruction of the old order. In the opening of King Lear, King Lear himself is about to make the announcement that he will be dividing his kingdom into three parts and each daughter will be granted a portion based on how much they love him. Goneril and Regan pledge their love for their father, while Cordelia refuses to speak and when probed finally states that she cannot “heave her heart into her mouth,” (Act I p.7 96-97) that she loves him exactly as much as a daughter should love her father, and that her sisters wouldn’t have husbands if they loved their father as much as they claim. An enraged Lear disowns Cordelia and splits her share of the kingdom between the remaining two sisters. This is a prime example of the beginning of destruction across familial, personal and social aspects. Lear pits his daughters against one another in a selfish endeavour to boost his own pride, but in doing this he also destroys a very crucial aspect within the monarchy by removing the one daughter who has not saught out to destroy him and the foundation he had built for his kingdom. In disowning Cordelia this breaks the natural order of things because in doing so he has severed the natural bond that a father and daughter share, as well he has personally destructed himself with this decision because he has given up on his favoured daughter. Goneril and Regan's conspiracy to usurp their father's power, authority and dignity also severs the natural order, instead of offering their father compassion and respect both Goneril and Regan throw him out of

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