King Lear: On Love

I think Lear’s journey is different. He believes at the beginning of the play that love is something he wants to hear about given to him. During the course of the play he learns that love is something that you have to give and to earn. I think for Cordelia it’s a very active word. And I think you see that in the first scene. They exaggerate and they say these beautiful, poetic words but she doesn’t think that love can be talked into existence. She says ‘I’ll do it before I speak what I intend’ I’ll do it before I speak. And she doesn’t talk about it… she shows it. And I think that’s one of the most moving points in the play for me. It’s a very simple journey, but it’s the biggest journey you can imagine, really, in a human being’s life. To learn how to love.

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