Deconstruction of Familial Loyalty in “King Lear” and “The Odyssey”


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An Analysis of the Deconstruction of Familial Loyalty in King Lear by William Shakespeare and The Odyssey by Homer
The topic of this paper will deconstruct the critical problems of familial loyalty that are found within King Lear by William Shakespeare and The Odyssey by Homer. The difficulties that Odysseus must face when he returns home to Penelope and Telemachus question their loyalty to him as father and husband. This also occurs in the poor judgment of King Lear in the distrust of his most loyal and truthful daughter, Cordelia, in favor of deceitful daughters, Goneril and Regan. Homer and Shakespeare break down traditional family beliefs and values in these two texts.
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.....he strong familial loyalties found in these relationships, Odysseus must overcome his distrust of loyalty to Penelope. By deconstructing these traditional values, Odysseus is hardly as trustful as his heroic countenance would suggest in regards to Penelope.
4.Muir, Kenneth. King Lear: Critical Studies. New York: Penguin, 2009.
This critical source further defines the mythology of family relations pertaining to bloodlines and of their purported importance for the succession of property to next of kin. King Lear is an example of this corrupted betrayal of bloodlines in accordance with Cordelia. A deconstruction of royal bloodlines and their perceived loyalties are analyzed through King Lear’s poor judgment and betrayal of these family values.