King Lear


Unhappy that I am, I cann


King Lear

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Act I, scene 1
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Lear’s throne room, Ancient Britain (though this play is commonly set in other historical time periods)
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Monologue Context

Cordelia is King Lear’s youngest and most favored daughter. Cordelia is asked,

Monologue Text


Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth. I love your Majesty
According to my bond; no more nor less.

Good my lord,
You have begot me, bred me, lov'd me; I
Return those duties back as are right fit,
Obey you, love you, and most honour you.
Why have my sisters husbands, if they say
They love you all? Haply, when I shall wed,
That lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry
Half my love with him, half my care and duty.
Sure I shall never marry like my sisters,
To love my father all.

Shakespeare, William. King Lear, Act 1, Scene 1, ll.91-3/95-103

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