and Regan are ruled by lustful, unrestrained appetites, as well as by disdain for their father and leader.
Nia Gwynne's performance as Goneril
is truly arresting at times - her confrontations with Lear border on the right side of hysteria.
The duke of Albany indirectly points to the answer when he confronts his wife Goneril
after the blinding of Gloucester, saying, "See thyself, devil
In Shakespeare's King Lear, which one of the following was not one of Lear's daughters - Goneril
, Cordelia, Celia, Regan?
There's no bite, though, to Annette Bening's matronly Goneril
and even less poison in Jessica Hecht's oddly giddy Regan.
The two elder daughters Goneril
and Reagan manage to make up beautiful hypocritical speeches meant to persuade their father of their unmatched love for him, that is even more ardent than the one they nurture for their husbands.
Lear calls Goneril
"a disease that's in (his) flesh" (II.
King Lear brings out the best in Brook's judgments, starting from the assertion that Lear is no kind of dotard in the opening scene and that Goneril
has a genuine grievance against a father who is ruining her household.
By contrast, Jane Addams's striking view of industrialist George Pullman as "A Modern Lear" and Jane Smiley's superb analysis of her defense of Goneril
and Regan in her novel A Thousand Acres make both strong political statements and valid artistic points.
Brown's analysis divides the play into two main parts, which he labels "the Rise of Edmund" and "the better half," a division which makes the subplot of Edmund, Edgar, and Gloucester essential to one's understanding of the Lear, Goneril
, Regan, Cordelia story.
Rejected and expelled by his own daughter, Goneril
, Lear finds out that he has lost his own identity (1.
Both Margaret and Tamora clearly reinforce the revenging woman motif, which helps us see them in a slightly different and more sympathetic light; the same, however, is not true for Goneril
and Regan, offer OTT protestations of love while the third, Cordelia, speaks more honestly but bluntly and gets disinherited for her pains.
That is why death cannot make Goneril
and Regan equal with Cordelia.
Gina McKee is stately as Goneril
, Lear''s scheming daughter aiming to win ultimate power over her sisters.