William Shakespeare 's King Lear Essay

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In countless plays by Shakespeare, subplots had been inserted to create more intricate and colorful stories. These subplots also help draw out ideas and concepts that are important for the audience to see, helping them understand the main plot better. One of Shakespeare’s plays, King Lear, has a subplot which shows the concepts of family bonds and identity. Shakespeare starts out the play with the subplot to show the audience that it is vital to know their part of the story to see the resolution of the main plot. The purpose of the subplot is to strengthen the purpose of the main characters’ lives in order to show the reader Shakespeare’s argument of humanity.
The audience is quickly introduced to Gloucester and his two sons, Edgar and Edmund. The audience is able to see that Edmund, the bastard son, wants to take over what he believes is rightfully his and take revenge on his father and brother. In Act III, while Gloucester goes to find Lear, Edmund snitches about his father’s secret letter to the other characters (Lear’s two older daughters and their husbands). Edmund feels proud of himself and acts as if he is sorry for what he is doing. Oswald responds to him him, “True or false, it hath made thee Earl of Gloucester. Seek out where thy father is, that he may be ready for our apprehension” (Act III, Sc. 5, line 15-19). This leads to Edmund gaining power from his father and brother, taking away everything that they had and gaining a new identity. Without Edmund, the…

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