In which scenes of King Lear does deception happen?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Deception runs throughout this play. The plot is set into motion with the deceptive words of Goneril and Regan, who in act 1, scene 1 promise their father undying love and loyalty in return for his dividing his kingdom between them. These are promises they very soon betray.

Edmund is an arch deceiver. Not only does he deceive his father, Gloucester, into believing Edgar is plotting against him, he manages to convince Edgar to flee, making him look guilty. If that is not enough, Edmund betrays his father to Cornwall in act 3, scene 3, leading to his father having his eyes gouged out. Edmund doesn't care, as all he wants is to get his father's title.

Goneril betrays her husband, who she considers a weakling, in act 4, scene 2 by having an affair with Edmund. Edmund deceives Goneril by pretending he cares about her. In act 4, scene 5, Goneril learns of Edmund's deception when Regan tells her that Edmund thinks she would make a better wife for him. Edmund's deceptions put the two sisters at...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 650 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on