King Lear Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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I want to know the difference and commonalities in the speech of both Goneril and Regan when Lear asked them about their love degree.

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*All quotes are taken from the Norton Shakespeare, based on the Oxford edition.

Similarities:
- Regan says Goneril "names my very deed of love" (I.i.70); therefore agreeing to everything Goneril mentioned.
- Both women express their love in the extreme: "A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable..." (Goneril, line 59). "I profess/Myself an enemy to all other joys..." (Regan, lines 71-72)

Differences:
- Goneril mentions the love between father and daughter specifically: "As much as child e'er loved, or father found..." (57)
- Regan refers to Lear's social status rather than his parental status: "I am alone felicitate/In your dear highness' love." (74-75)

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