King Lear is one of the most tragic of Shakespeare's characters. Kent is one of his most trusted adviser's at first. There are a couple of similarities between the two men.
King Lear valued loyalty above most things. He wanted loyalty from his people and his family, although he wasn't the greatest of leaders. Kent also valued loyalty and his loyalty to King Lear was the greatest of all. Even after Lear had him banished, Kent's loyalty never once faltered for his king.
King Lear also valued love. He wanted to know who loved him most. King Lear adored his youngest daughter, Cordelia, but tested her love. She was banished, as well, when her answer didn't suit him. Kent also valued love. His love for King Lear was undying. He would lay down his life for Lear.
"My life I never held but as a pawn, to wage against thine enemies, not fear to lose it, thy safety being the motive"
This quote, made by Kent about King Lear, shows how much he love the king. He was willing to die for him. After he was banished, his love remained the same. He disguised himself as another person, just so he could be near King Lear and keep him safe. His love and loyalty never faltered, even to the end.
Kent was a minor character in the play, but he and King Lear were the most alike. Their values were so similar. Kent had no problem telling the king how he felt about things, though. When the king banished Cordelia, Kent jumped to her defense.
"Reverse they doom; and, in thy best consideration, cheque this hideous rashness; answer my life my judgement, thy youngest daughter does not love thee least, nor are those empty-hearted whose low sound reverbs no hallowness"
Here Kent is trying to show his love and loyalty to King Lear, but showing him that Cordelia was the only daughter who loved him. These are just a couple of examples of how Kent and King Lear are similar.