King Lear Act 4 Scene 4
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In this debatable scene, Edgars morals are toyed with, as he witnesses his own blind, helpless father express his desire to commit suicide. If Gloucester had not fainted, Edgar very nearly could have also witnessed a gruesome death of his father. When Gloucester regains consciousness, Edgar, no longer pretending to be crazy Tom, tells him that he has survived a “miraculous” fall. Initially, Edgar appears as a manipulator, as he refuses to reveal his relation to Gloucester. Edgars lies and deceit lead the audience to believe that he is spinning mischievous webs. However, Edgar is also portrayed as a rescuer of a faithless man, playing the role of God himself. Edgar chooses the fate of his father, tricking him to believe that the Gods have given him a second chance, “thy lifes a miracle.” Ironically, while his tricks were previously seen to be malicious, this new trick is seen as a holy blessing. At the same time, Edgar tells Gloucester that he was able to see a demon parting from Gloucesters body as he fell off of the cliff. This beastly creature was in fact Edgar, which again, causes the reader to see Edgar with a negative connotation. However, Edgars anecdote results in Gloucesters acceptance of his miseries, agreeing to struggle with them and fight them. “Henceforth Ill bear affliction till it do cry out itself enough, enough, and die.” This respectable and dignified act is one that is uncharacteristic of Edgar and leads me to consider Edgar as more of a savior than a manipulator in this scene.

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