What behavior does Oswald demonstrate toward King Lear?

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In simplest terms, Oswald demonstrates extraordinarily rude behavior toward King Lear.  A pronounced example of this rudeness occurs when Oswald refuses to acknowledge Lear's summons and questions about his daughter in Act 1, Scene 4. A servant's refusal to acknowledge a king's request would have been the height of insubordination, making Oswald's actions very rude indeed. However, he's not just being rude to be cruel; instead, he's acting on Goneril's orders to be rude in order to force a confrontation between herself and her father. Thus, Oswald's actions play a small but important part in the sisters' plans to cast out their father and and gain power over his realms. By this point in the play, they've already received territory from their father by flattering him. As such, all they need to do to rid themselves of Lear is to find a reason to start a quarrel and toss him out into the wilderness. Oswald's rudeness plays a key role in this endeavor.  

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Oswald is completely rude to the king.  He is acting in that way mainly because Goneril has told him to act that way.  She wants him to anger King Lear enough that there will be a confrontation.  But Oswald is also an amoral and ambitious man so he is happy to be rude to the king.

You can see some of this behavior in Act I, Scene 4.  In that scene, Oswald ignores the king's requests, walks out on him, and speaks to him disrespectfully enough that the King hits him and Kent knocks him down and throws him out.

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