May 8, 2007

Sibling Rivalry Works, Doesn't It?

CORDELIA: Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave
My heart into my mouth. I love your majesty
According to my bond, no more nor less.

William Shakespeare The Tragedy of King Lear

Three sisters don't always work well together. I, for example, have four sisters - five sisters don't always work well either.

The sibling rivalry at the start of King Lear takes all the old games and creates a new highpoint.

The old game: finding the best way to get money out of Daddy. (For those of you with siblings out there reading this, don't deny it, it happens.)

The new highpoint: getting the biggest rival kicked out of the game.

Tactically speaking, Cordelia messed up when it came to the sibling game. Yes, this may be slightly insensitive to the honest sister of the three, but lets face it - she could have saved herself a whole lot of trouble if she had just satisfied her father's whims.

Posted by Diana Geleskie at May 8, 2007 4:06 PM
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