Commentary On Act 2 Notes
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Act 2 Scene 1- Edmund persuades Edgar to flee &
Regan and Cornwall arrive at Gloucester's house
Evil Characters continue to gain ground as Edmunds plans prosper as he aligns himself with Cornwall and Regan
His lines to Edgar at the beginning of the scene are full of short, sharp statement and questions, suggesting his command of the circumstances- Evil is beginning to run effortlessly
Gloucester, like Lear seems vulnerable, indicated in his speech to Regan- 'my old heart is cracked'
Gloucester, like Lear, also become increasingly isolated as the evil characters begin to draw closer together
Regan's comforting and affectionate words to Gloucester are surprising, however Shakespeare wishes to contain part of her character for maximum dramatic impact in Act 2 Scene 4
Oswald is a worthy object of Scorn and Kent's insults are imaginative and lively and provide a moment of relief
He warns of the dangers of a bad servant, who subvert power, which is essentially what they all are to Lear
He does not like the faces he sees before him and is not fooled by appearance
Like Cordelia, Kent is punished for goodness and honesty
Cornwall and Regan are vindictive and work effectively as a team and enjoy their cruelty
Gloucester is ineffectual, the old patriarchs are pushed aside and Cornwall and Regan exert their authority
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