How does the Gloucester subplot complement the main plot of King Lear?

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Both the Earl of Gloucester and King Lear distrust their children and cast them out—and both die for that lack of faith. Their stories are parallels of each other.

William Shakespeare's King Lear is a tragedy about love, trust, and family. It opens on the king of Britain asking his three daughters how much they love him; he intends to give the largest part of his kingdom to the one who loves him the most. When his youngest and favorite daughter Cordelia speaks, she says: 

Good my lord, you have begot me, bred me, loved me. I return those duties back as are right fit: obey you, love you, and most...

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we were asked this for our english class and i dont know if this is write so im welcome to comments about it.

i think if you look at the loss of land and gulibility (is that a word) of gloucester you can understand lears plot. Gloucester believes Edmund so easily when he denounces Edgar regarding selfish issues and lear does too when Cordelia refuses to speak in the love test. The loss of land i think is important also as the childrens lust for the land is affected by how much is there. If Edmund can decieve his father for his section of land then Goneril and Regans actions can be explained because there is a lot more land at stake. I think that this also explains the sibling rivalry too.

Because of this difference in land and loss of land between gloucester and lear explains the difference in severity of their punishments or end results, with gloucester losing his sight and lear his sanity. i think the sub plot does compliment by suplying a sort of comparison for the reader to go by. Gloucester lost his title and sight but Lear was king and the sub plot highlights Lears drop in status and sanity. Ithink its basically a comparison.

(just a note: we havent read after act 3 so dont judge too harshly i still dont know how it ends. haha)

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