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Deception and lies are what makes King Lear a tragedy The play is a result of the consequences triggered off by lies and falsehoods that were told in King Leas family as well as in the family of the Earl of Gloucester In this play Shakespeare added a sub-plot to the main-plot and both are based on the same events differing slightly according to the story The main-plot involves Lear and his three daughters whereas the sub-plot makes use of Gloucester and his two sons King Lear gives his daughters a love-test stupidly intending to measure love with flattery Which of you shall we say doth love us most Act 1 Scene 1 Regan and Goneril are full of flattery and nice words and get rewarded but Cordelia speaks truthfully refraining from using fancy words I return those duties back as are right fit Act 1 Scene 1 Lear fails to see his youngest daughters honesty and banishes her from his Kingdom stripping her of every title she had Shakespeare introduces the theme of sight and blindness with Lears inability to see Cordelias truthfulness and his blindness to the false-flattery of his other two evil daughters Also introduced is the theme of Nothing when Lear tells Cordelia How nothing will come of nothing Act 1 Scene 1 The theme of Sight and Blindness and Nothing reappear throughout the play in many different contexts but the irony lies in the fact that Lear depicts Shakespeares theme of sight an blindness by demonstrating that physical sight does not guarantee clear sight and he is left with nothing and becomes nothing In the sub-plot Edgar like Cordelia who is banished has to leave though unlike Cordelia he is given no chance to prove himself because his brother Edmund cleverly creates the plot against him leaving him no choice other than to flee As King Lear is deceived by his own daughters so is Gloucester deceived
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