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ACT ONE, SCENE ONE KING LEAR Lines 248 – 260 It is said by Lear that it would have been better if Cordelia “hadst not been born than not t’have pleased me better”, but France supports her by referring to her as “Fairest Cordelia” to put her into a better light. As France is portrayed as a “true gentleman” his views and opinions are respected more by the audience than Lear’s, because Lear appears to the …

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…of character, but also the erratic moodiness of old age.  “Such unconstant starts are we like to have from him as this of Kent’s banishment ” – there are going to be many changes of mind and poor choices like Kent’s banishment.  “if our father carry authority with such disposition as he bears, this last surrender of his will but offend us” – giving the sisters the kingdom in such a way will only attract trouble.