The two parallel stories of two families in King Lear exhibit the same theme of filial ingratitude. In both family, Lear’s and Gloucester’s, the preferred heir/s become the cause for pain for the patriarch. Lear trusts Goneril and Regan with his kingdom only to be banished and ridiculed by them. Gloucester also suffers indignity at the hands of his illegitimate son Edmund who only covets his wealth and power. In both cases the noble child, Cordelia and Edgar are punished for their loyalty and compassion.
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