It seemed she was a queen
Over her passion, who, most rebel-like,
Sought to be king o’er her.
– William Shakespeare
King Lear, Act 4, Scene 2. Cordelia does her best to hide her emotions, as she tries to act more like a king than a queen. This quote shows her attempting to defy the stereotypical female gender role, as she tries to appear a strong woman in a man’s world.