King Lear Act II, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act II, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Curan: a courtier at Gloucester’s castle

Curan, the courtier, informs Edmund that the Duke of Cornwall and Regan will be coming to Gloucester’s castle shortly. He also gives Edmund inside information about the likelihood of war between Cornwall and Albany. Seizing the opportunity to use the Duke of Cornwall’s visit to his own advantage, Edmund immediately sets his plan into action. Calling his brother Edgar from his hiding place, he warns him to flee in haste before his father can capture him. He tells Edgar that Cornwall’s unexpected visit might prove dangerous to him. In an attempt to stage a convincing escape, Edmund draws his sword and urges his brother to do...

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