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Write a note on appearance vs reality in King Lear

Write a note on appearance vs reality in King Lear

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  1. In King Lear, often what seems is not what is. People put on an act to gain advantages and deceive others. Goneril and Regan pretend to love their father to earn his inheritance. Edmund does the same with his father Gloucester. Edgar and Kent both put on guises to evade their attackers and survive.

    Edgar reconnects with his father and Kent reunites with King Lear pretending to be people thy are nit. Goneril deceives her husband Albany as he has designs to kill him and marry Edmund.

    Regan does not want to reveal her own fascination with Edmund. In the play, people are often trying to be someone they are not as long as it benefits them. The best example is Lear’s fool, who appears to be stupid even though he maybe the wisest person in the play.

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