A overwhelming majority of the conversations between King Lear and Goneril and Regan are about his King Lear's one hundred knights. While King Lear is desperate to keep his knights, Goneril is determined to get rid of them. My question is, in this time, either the Elizabethan era or when King Lear was actually alive, how many knights did a retired king really need? Who really has the rational opinion in this argument? King Lear might be crazy, and is also determined to hold tight to any power he might have left, thus his opinion might not be the rational one. But Goneril also has exterior motives, she wants to decrease his father's power as much as possible herself. For some reason, when I read King Lear, I wanted to defend his right to his one hundred knights. But looking at it further, it seems that there is no rational behind except for pure ignorance and stubborness. He no longer had any land to protect, he didn't even have his own home to house them in. His complete commitment to keeping his knights shows the lack of thought he put into his decision to divide his land and give it away. It never even occurred that he was not only losing his land, but also losing control over his subjects. This argument not only reflects King Lear's rashness in deciding to divide his land but it was also the tool in which he discovered that he no longer held any power.