“Does Nothing come from Nothing?”

Goneril, Regan, and the Fool continually remind him that he is an old man who has lost his kingdom and his intelligence through his own stupidity. When Goneril and Reagan are in power they try to make Lear appear to be incompetent. They refer to him as "Idle old man" (I iii. 17) in

front of everyone and start to make even Lear ponder nothing of himself. The Fool speaks truth to the king but King Lear doesn't acknowledge his words because of his vocation. "Now thou art an O without a figure. I am better than thou art now. I am a Fool, thou art nothing.aE (I iv. 180-181). He fails to realize that he holds no importance through name or additions after giving power to Cornwall and Albany.

As the two sisters, Goneril and Reagan criticize their father they also understand that Lear still holds an immense deal of power, so they decided something must be done about it. The "loving" daughters order Lear to release fifty of his one hundred servicemen, stating that they won't pay for it and that it is unnecessary. Lear begins to worry that if Goneril isn't happy then she in turn will make him unhappy and he agrees to let them go. One is shown how Lear went from being a respec


 
 
 
 
 
 
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