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Shakespeare The Conspiracy Nakedness and dress in Shakespeares King Lear represented the status of a character Many scenes use clothing to show one characters dominance over another The more opulent the clothing the higher the status or the lack of clothing the lower the status A few characters go through many wardrobes Lear and Edgar both start the beginning of the play wearing expensive luxurious clothing but each at different times wear less glorious clothing or even no clothing at all Lear who is the most powerful and authoritive character in the beginning of the play is also the best outfitted Lear during the play soils his clothing in storms heaths battles and other harsh elements At the same time that his garments are lessening in value so is his level of power and status Lear finds the bottom of the abyss he enters when he a fool a beggar and a madman have taken shelter in a hut from a storm For Lear to be in the company such as this his status is near nothing In order to show this degeneration from high to low Lear strips off all his clothing showing he is now at the very bottom of the social order To have some clothes is to be someone to have none is to be nobody Edgar legitimate son to the Earl of Gloucester is well dressed not as much as Lear but still above commoners Edgar is believed to be plotting to annihilate his own father So every one is after someone named Edgar who is a well dressed noble In order to protect himself Edgar becomes no one He becomes nobody by shedding his noble garments and disguises himself by My face Ill grime with filth Blanket my loins elf all my hair in knots And with presented nakedness outface Now Edgar is nobody and there
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