Lear's vicious older daughter, who is the first to flatter him in the power-transfer ceremony and the first to insult him afterwards, throwing him and his knights out of her house. Goneril's ruthless temperament contrasts with that of her husband, the Duke of Albany. In the end, she plots against Albany, and even against her former ally, her sister Regan, out of lust for Edmund.
Goneril Quotes in King Lear
The King Lear quotes below are all either spoken by Goneril or refer to Goneril. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of King Lear published in 2004.).
Act 1, scene 3 Quotes
Goneril Character Timeline in King Lear
The timeline below shows where the character Goneril appears in King Lear. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 1
...Lear calls upon each of his daughters to state how much she loves him. First, Goneril insists that she loves her father "dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty" (1.1.61); Lear awards... (full context)
Act 1, scene 3
Act 1, scene 4
Act 1, scene 5
Act 2, scene 2
Act 2, scene 4
...freed Kent from the stocks, Cornwall and Regan receive Lear. Lear explains his grievances against Goneril. However, Regan takes her sister's side: "O sir, you are old." (165). Insisting that he... (full context)
Act 3, scene 3
...inside, Gloucester confides in Edmund that he does not like the "unnatural dealing" (3.3.2) that Goneril and Regan have shown to their father. Edmund agrees. Gloucester then tells Edmund that there... (full context)
Act 3, scene 6
Act 3, scene 7
Act 4, scene 2
Act 4, scene 5
Act 4, scene 6
Act 5, scene 1
...join theirs. Regan, meanwhile, pesters Edmund about whether or not he has ever slept with Goneril. Edmund tells Regan not to fear, just as Albany and Goneril approach. Goneril remarks to... (full context)
Act 5, scene 3