|“Which of you shall we say doth love us most?” Lear to daughters
||Value of the ability to express love for someone in words. Being able to quantify love.
|“I love you more than words can wield the matter” Goneril
||Unable to express love through words, yet continues to do just that…
|“What shall Cordelia speak? Love, and be silent.” Cordelia
||She recognises her sisters are full of empty words. She decides she won’t even try to give voice to her love for her father.
|“I am sure my love’s more ponderous than my tongue.” Cordelia
||Cordelia determines that her love for Lear cannot be measured with words.
|KING LEAR”Nothing will come of nothing. Speak again.”CORDELIA”Unhappy that I am, I cannot heaveMy heart into my mouth.”
||Cordelia insists that her love for Lear is literally unspeakable.
|KENT”Thy youngest daughter does not love thee least, nor are those empty-hearted whose low sound reverb no hollowness.”KING LEAR”Kent, on thy life, no more.”
||When Kent points out that Cordelia loves Lear the most, he’s told to literally shut his mouth, end of communication.