King Lear - Goneril and Regan Quotes

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A1.S1: Goneril describes the extent of her love for Lear
‘dearer than eyesight, space and liberty’

A1.S1: Regan challenges Goneril’s profession about Lear, foreshadowing the rivalry between them over Edmund
‘Only she comes too short, that I profess myself an enemy to all other joys’

A1.S1: Regan comments on the age and frailty of Lear
”Tis the infirmity of his age’

A1.S1: Goneril alludes to the plans of the sisters to overthrow Lear, as a necessity to preserve the kingdom
‘We must do something and i’ th’ heat’

A1.S3: Goneril complains about Lear to Oswald
‘By day and night he wrongs me’

A1.S3: Goneril comments on Lear’s childish foolishness; linking to Lear’s desire to be mothered
‘Old fools are babes again’

A2.S4: Regan patronises/chides Lear as if he were a child; ironic as Lear seems to want to be mothered and looked after
‘O sir, you are old’

A2.S4: Goneril and Regan work together to reduce Lear to nothing by systematically removing his retinue
G ‘What need you five and twenty, ten, or five?
R ‘What need one?’

A3.S7: Regan’s cruelty towards Gloucester challenges the contemporary role of women – the disrespect shown not only to a man but also to a man of high social stature would have been seriously frowned upon
‘Hard, hard. O filthy traitor’ [Regan plucks Gloucester’s beard]

A3.S7: Regan and Cornwall share lines which speeds up the pace of the action whilst torturing Gloucester.

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Highlights the eagerness and cruelty in Regan as she seems to enjoy doing it

C ‘ Cunning’
R ‘And false’

A4.S2: Goneril lusts after Edmund
‘To thee, a woman’s services are due’

A4.S2: Goneril attacks Albany due to his lack of masculinity
‘Milk-liver’d man’

A5.S3: Regan mocks Goneril for her attempts to steal Edmund from her; however there are undertones that link to the Fool’s role in the play and his wisdom
‘Jesters do oft prove profits’

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