The idea of family tragedy is reinforced with the parallel plot of Glouster and his two sons. A foolish father believes the lies of his deceitful illegitimate son leading to Glousters hasty judgement and betrayal of his good son. The relationship between Glouster and Edgar is a powerful one throughout King Lear, heavily portraying the theme of the ongoing battle between good and evil. Edmund and the lies he tells to deceive his foolish father personifies evil which consequences in Glouster turning his back on the good depicted in truthful son Edgar.
Edgar rises above his injustices and learns to disguise himself as ‘Tom of Bedlam’ in order to protect himself and his easily swayed father, this ultimately saving Glouster’s life. Ironically Edgar disguised as ‘Old Tom’ who had loved his father most is asked by his newly blinded father to help him commit suicide. ‘I have no way and therefore want no eyes. I stumbled when I saw.’ The triumph of evil in this scene is so apparent as disguised ‘Old Tom’ tricks father... [continues]
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