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The Development Of Gloucester Albany and Lear People going through changes throughout their life is a universally known concept In many novels the authors attempt to trace the development of the characters By showing the evolution of the characters is what sometimes determines the quality of the literary piece It is on the agenda of great writing critics to critique the authors development of characters Many lessons have been taught on the tragedy King Lear by William Shakespeare because of Shakespeares superb development of his characters He traces the psychological evolution of the Earl of Gloucester the Duke of Albany and King Lear from being irrational to sensible subservient to self-determined and oblivious to observant respectfully A clear evolution takes place in the nature of the Earl of Gloucester from the beginning of the story until the end as he changes from being irrational to sensible When the story begins the earl is introduced as an irrational noble The reason he is branded as irrational is because of his sudden alignment with his bastard son Edmund against his loyal and loving son Edgar Despite being taken cared by Edgar for the past seven years the instant Gloucester is given a forged letter by Edmund revealing a conspiracy against the Earl by Edgar he is instantly outraged against the legitimate son and allies himself with Edmund The fact that Gloucester does not attempt to rationally find the truth about the conspiracy he is introduced as a foolish person By not rationally justifying the situation even further shows his absurdity for it shows how he is unable to see through the cynicism of Edmund However as the story lines develop so does Glocester Towards the end of the story Glocester strives to discover the accuracy of the letter and plot After concluding that all this time he had been wrong he is blinded by an enemy of his His blindness symbolically shows the final phase of
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