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Disguised characters play an important role in King Lear Their actions bridge towards broader motifs such as truth nature and family Edgar disguised as Poor Tom contributes a great deal into plot but is also a great example that shows these motifs His disguise allowed him to change certain events and help others while staying true to character Edgar disguises himself as a madman a beggar He fulfills this role by tearing his royal clothing and used some of the scraps to cover his body He would intentionally take dirt and rub it on his body and through his hair My face Ill grime with filthBlanket my loinself all my hair in knotsIIiii9-10 To go further in disguise he starts to speak like a madman He speaks as if hes gone through Hell Sometimes he can be understood but then there are times when he makes nonsense He constantly says Poor Toms-a-cold throughout act III The reason behind Edgars disguise is that he wanted to escape from his father Gloucester was persuaded by Edmond to believe that Edgar was plotting against the Duke He was considered a fugitive Edgar felt that this disguise was the only way to solve the problem He believes that being disguised as poor he can still remain in character What can also be seen in Edgar is a chance to escape the character in royal status It seems that taking any part in royalty causes suffering blindness and evil intent There were many outcomes to Edgars disguise Edgar was successful in escaping from his father It also showed through his actions a side of him that no one has ever perceived before Edgars true character was shown through the Poor Tom disguise Disguised as Poor Tom and acting like a madman he has been a reliable source of information to Lear After Poor Tom stated what he once was before turning into a madman Lears response was
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