King Lear – Language and Communication

“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.