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King Lear Characters

Cordelia is Lear’s youngest daughter, and something of a goody-goody. She has always been her father’s favorite, a quiet and obedient girl. 

She is being wooed by two powerful political rivals, the Duke of Burgundy and the King of France. She is rigorously honest, unable to flatter even as part of a ceremonial game, a fact that cuts her off from her father’s love. Despite Kent’s speaking on her behalf, she is publicly humiliated by the King. She is conscious enough of her honor to still be willing to speak up to demand that the reason she is disowned be known to her suitors. She neither likes nor trusts her sisters, as it turns out for good reason. Becoming Queen of France, she hears of what how Lear is being treated, partly from Kent’s messages, and convinces her husband to invade England to restore Lear. Left to command the French army with the Marshal of France, she concentrates on finding her father and restoring him to sanity. She defers to both the Doctor and Kent, and is full of pity for her father. Losing the battle, she is hanged on Edmund’s orders.

 

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