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Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM via web

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Explain how her father's punishment turned out to be a blessing for Cordelia to find the right man to marry?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM (Answer #1)

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The truth that Cordelia tells Lear about the depth of her love is only rewarded by being disowned and losing all the wealth and land that she stood to gain had she, like her sisters, exaggerated her affections and lied about her love for her father. As a result, Lear is very open with Burgundy and France, the two monarchs who have come to try and marry Cordelia. He tells them that they can have her but that she will not receive anything from him. Burgundy, respectfully, says that on these terms he cannot marry Cordelia. Note what France says, however:

Fairest Cordelia, that art most rich being poor,
Most choice forsaken, and most loved despised!
Thee and thy virtues here I seize upon,
Be it lawful I take up what’s cast away.
 
France sees in Cordelia honesty that is more precious than all the land and gold she could have received. It is clear that France values Cordelia for who she really is rather than for the possessions she would bring to a marriage. Ironically, losing her father's favour is something that benefits Cordelia, as it helps her to find a husband that loves her genuinely and respects her character.

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