In King Lear, please characterize Kent on the basis of his last speach at the end of Act 2 scene 2, when he is put in the stocks.

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It is very hard not to feel sorry for Kent at this particular point in the play. After all, the only "crime" he has done is to show his loyalty to his master, Lear, and now he is unfairly punished by being placed in the stocks, which was a punishment reserved for low life elements and petty criminals. His speech therefore indicates his shame and sadness. Kent is however able to find happiness in what he reads from Cordelia and the way that she is aware of his predicament and will seek to work from France to improve conditions in Britain:

I know 'tis from Cordelia,
Who hath most fortunately been inform'd
Of my obscured course; and shall find time
From this enormous state, seeking to give
Losses their remedies.

His speech ends as Kent wishes for the night to be over so that he may be released as soon as possible. Kent is therefore characterised as a man who, in spite of his shame and embarrassment, is able to find hope in trusting in the words of Cordelia. His intense loyalty to Lear and those true to him is therefore clearly displayed.


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