In The Play King Lear By William Shakespeare The Use

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In the play King Lear by William Shakespeare the use of disguises plays a key role in the events that happen. The characters in the novel appear to be to be one ting to the reader, but many of the characters such as Goneril, Regan, Kent, Edmund and Edgar use disguise to hide who they really are. King Lear is a play in which the outer coverings of a human must be ripped off to see their true nature.The first character that the audience meets that uses disguise is Goneril. In the first seen of act one she is to tell King Lear how much she really loves him to get a piece of Britain. She does not truly love Lear as much as she says she does and uses flattery to fool him into believing that she really does love him. She puts on the disguise of a loving daughter. ?Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter,/Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty,? (1.1.55-56.) The second character to use disguise in King Lear is Regan. She is in the same situation as her sister and must use the disguise of flattery as well to get what she wants from her father. She also puts on the mask of a loving daughter. ?I find she names my very deed of love;/Only she comes too short, that I profess/Myself an enemy to all other joys? (1.1.71-73.) The character of Kent also uses disguise to do his will. When the Earl of Kent is banished for defending Cordelia he has a great desire to come back and look after his master the King because he sees Goneril and Regan for what they truly are and is worried about him. He...

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