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What are the ironic reversals in King Lear?

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Another ironic reversal in King Lear is represented in the relationship between the King and the Fool.  The Fool is wiser than the King.

Another ironic reversal is when Gloucester becomes blind, he sees more clearly who his loyal and devoted son truly is, Edgar not Edmund.

In their desperate rivalry for Edmund, the two sisters, Goneril and Regan end up dead.  Love leads to pure hatred which results in vengeful behavior and death.

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Among other ironies in the play, Lear's tragedy is rooted in these two.

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