Sincerity, Silence and Stability: Cordelia’s Embodiment of Wisdom in King Lear

By Jenni Carey, School of the Ozarks In Act I of Shakespeare’s King Lear, Goneril and Regan, Lear’s eldest daughters, choose to humor their aged father with embellished, empty expressions in order to gain wealth. Cordelia, however, sets her speech apart from the flattery of her sisters by speaking simply and honestly from her heart. For this, she loses her inheritance and suffers the wrath … Continue reading Sincerity, Silence and Stability: Cordelia’s Embodiment of Wisdom in King Lear