In King Lear, a Shakespearean drama about an sibling rivalry around an aging retiring king. Lear spurns and then casts out his favorite daughter Cordellia, who he expected to care for him in his old age.
Cordelia fails to falsely flatter Lear as do her other two scheming sisters . Instead of dividing up the kingdom between the three of the sisters , Lear’s ego explodes in what the Greeks called hubris, and sets himself up for the giant fall.
He banishes Cordelia and give her part of his kingdom to his covetous malevolent daughters Regan and Gonerel. When these adult children betray him, Cordelia, now married to a king, comes back with her husband’s army to save him, forgiving her father for his sins and dying herself in the process.
Before her death with newfound humility Lear begs repentance. “I am a very foolish fond old man,” he tells Cordelia and she has “some cause” to hate him Cordelia’s forgiveness (“No cause, no, cause”) reconciles the father and daughter for a flicker of time, happiness prevails.
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