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Act 2 Scene 1- Edmund persuades Edgar to flee &
Regan and Cornwall arrive at Gloucester's house
 Scene 1
 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
 Scene 2
 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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