What would be a potential hypothesis showing that King Lear could be called an example of how not to parent?
In analyzing how Lear is an example of how not to parent, my hypothesis would focus on the first scene of the drama.
A hypothesis that could explore how King Lear embodies a manual on how not to parent could talk about how Lear establishes a superficial bond with his children. In the drama's first scene, Lear fails as a parent because he thinks that words are the currency of parental affection. This is evident in the initial challenge that sets the drama's plot in motion:
And here are to be answered.—Tell me, my daughters,(Since now we will divest us both of rule,Interest of territory, cares of state)Which of you shall we say doth love us mostThat we our largest bounty may extendWhere nature doth with merit challenge?