King Lear Act IV, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 1: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Old Man: Gloucester’s tenant who leads him after he is blinded

Summary
Alone on the heath, Edgar reasons that things can only improve since fortune has already imposed the very worst on him. Confident in the belief that he has paid his dues and now “Owes nothing” more, he begins on a positive note until he sees Gloucester. Edgar’s mood quickly changes as he watches his blinded father led by an old man, a former tenant. Concerned about the old man’s safety, Gloucester urges him to leave since the old man can do nothing for him. Troubled about Gloucester’s inability to see his way, the old man is persistent. Gloucester tells him he has no way and, therefore, needs no...

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