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A device which Shakespeare often utilized to convey the confusion and chaos within the plot of his plays is the reflection of that confusion and chaos in the natural environment of the setting along with supernatural anomalies and animal imageries In King Lear these devices are used to communicate the plot which is summarized by Gloucester as This villain of mine comes under the prediction theres son against father The King falls from bias of nature theres father against child Act 1 Sc1 115 - 118 The bias of nature is defined as the natural inclination of the world Throughout the play King Lear the unnatural inclination of nature supernatural properties and animal imageries are used by Shakespeare to illustrate the chaotic state of England which was caused by the treacheries of the evil characters Gloucester is a character in the play who firmly believed that mans fate has supernatural properties that are controlled or reflected by the heaven and stars These late eclipses in the sun and moon Portend us to no good Though the wisdom of nature can reason it thus and thus yet nature finds itself scourged by the sequent events Act 1 Sc 2 109 - 113 This is proclaimed by Gloucester as he is told by Edmund of Edgars supposedly treacherous plot to remove him from power Gloucesters trust in Edgar faltered as a result of Lears irrational banishment of Cordelia and Kent coupled with recent anomalies in the heavens Gloucester believed that Lears actions also came as a result of the stars unusual behaviour Edmund the treacherous and bastard son of Gloucester exploits Gloucesters blind believe in the stars in his plot to oust Edgar out of the inheritance and ultimately to gain all of Gloucesters wealth and land This is the excellent foppery of the world that when we are sick in fortune often the surfeits of the sun
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