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 honor you. Why have my sisters husbands if they say they love you all? Haply, when I shall wed, that lord whose hand must take my plight shall carry half my love with him, half my care and duty. Sure I shall never marry like my sisters, to love my father all.

He casts her out for not professing her love as effusively as did her sisters. She leaves and marries the king of France.


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