King Lear Act III, Scene 5: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act III, Scene 5: Summary and Analysis

Acting as an informant against his father, Edmund convinces Cornwall that Gloucester is guilty of treason. Determined to have his revenge, Cornwall now reasons that Edgar’s plot to kill his father was not entirely due to his brother’s “evil disposition” but was, in fact, provoked by Gloucester himself. Bellying his evil motive, Edmund produces Gloucester’s supposed letter as evidence that he has been supplying secret information to France. Edmund invokes the heavens to witness his regret that he should have detected his own father’s treason. Cornwall rewards Edmund with his new title as Earl of Gloucester and urges him to find his father so that he can be apprehended. In an “aside” to the...

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