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In King Lear Shakespeare has greatly utilized secondary plots and its parallelism to the main plot The effective usage of subplots in King Lear as a form of parallelism clearly emphasizes the flaws and strengths of prominent characters Using such literary device permits the audience to understand the emotions of the essential characters in the play Specifically the parallel between Lear and Gloucester displayed in the play is evidently intentional Both men initially commit wrong acts by condemning their legitimate children Both then have their illegitimate children plot against them Finally both die a tragic death as a result of their sins A close examination of Lear and Gloucester reveals that the lives of both men are in fact parallel Both Gloucester and Lear are fathers both of whom have their own loyal legitimate child and their own evil and disloyal kin Gloucester and Lear are both honorable men who have children that return to them in their time of need and are sightless to the truth Like Lear Gloucester is tormented and his favored child recovers his life he is tended and healed by the child whom he has wronged Their sufferings are traceable to their extreme folly and injustice and to a selfish pursuit of their pleasure In the early beginning of King Lear Cordelia says that her love for her father is the love between father and daughter no more no less Unhappy that I am I cannot heave My heart into my mouth I love your majesty according to my bond nor more nor less ShakespeareIi93-95 In response Lear flies into a rage disowns Cordelia and divides her share of the kingdom between her two unworthy sisters Such folly and injustice is encountered by Gloucester in the secondary plot O villain villain His very opinion in the letter Abhorred villain unnatural detested brutish villain worse than brutish Go sirrah seek him Ill apprehend him Abominable villain Where is he
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