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Every situation in life has an appearance and a reality The appearance of a situation is usually what we want to see The reality what is really going on is not always as obvious to the observer People who cannot penetrate through the superficial appearance of a situation will see only what they want to believe is true often the reality of a situation is unappealing to the perceiver These are the circumstances surrounding the conflict that occurs in William Shakespeares King Lear As an audience you find that there is a major character flaw in the characters King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester In the story neither of these two men are able to establish the difference in their minds between what people are saying and doing and what these peoples true motives are behind their actions This enables Lear and Gloucester to be betrayed by their own blood and become isolated from those who have their interests at heart It is the inability to differentiate between appearance and reality that causes Lear and Gloucester to fall It seems that in King Lear appearance or reputation defines character Edgar says as much in soliliquy when he disguises himself as Poor Tom As soon as he changes out of his expensive clothing and into his beggar drab he decides Edgar I nothing amIIiii21 Although he is still Edgar beneath his disguise when he is encountered by his own father Gloucester and his godfather Lear neither of the two recognise him It becomes apparent that as soon as Edgars costume changed all perceptions of his character did as well This same situation is paralleled when Kent also banished returns in disguise as Lears servant Caius When Lear first sees his long time confident he asks How Now What art thouIiv9 One wonders how after forty years of service Lear would not recognize his good servant Kent even in disguise With this in mind we
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