Love and Loyalty: King Lear 1:1

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This pic IS mine. Copyright PaulieRedPerson5 Please Credit me if used

My Kaito and Len Nendoroids are excited about our next book, King Lear! (Don’t flip out; The end of Beowulf is on its way.)

Nothing my lord.

Here we read how King Lear is asking his daughters who loves him more as a way to divide inheritance.  I don’t know what types of girls he has, but if they were anything like some of the women I have met, he is asking for trouble!  You see, King Lear gets upset with his youngest daughter, when she says she loves him the way a daughter is supposed to… Basically saying she isn’t gonna kiss his butt for inheritance.  To the king, she is being a heartless and not a loyal child.

But what does loyalty and love have to do with each other?

According to Dictionary.Com…



a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.

a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.

a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.

(used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like): Would you like to see a movie, love?


the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations.

faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc.

an example or instance of faithfulness, adherence, or the like: a man with fierce loyalties.
So, from the beginning it is obvious that they are not the same thing,
but it doesn’t completely answer the question either.  You may be loyal to your father because he is your father and you respect him, but that doesn’t mean you love him.  It goes the other way too, you can love your dad but not be loyal at all.
Nevertheless, Love and Loyalty go together.  Usually, if you love something enough, you will be loyal to it, and if you are very loyal to something you may grow to love it.
That’s all for now

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