King Lear Act IV, Scene 2: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 2: Summary and Analysis

New Character:
Messenger: brings news of the death of Cornwall

Summary
Goneril and Edmund arrive at the Duke of Albany’s palace. As Oswald enters, Goneril inquires about Albany and is told he is altogether changed. Puzzled by the Duke’s behavior, Oswald reports that Albany smiled when he was told the French had landed, showed annoyance when he heard his wife was coming, and called him a sot when he told him of Gloucester’s treason and Edmund’s loyalty to the kingdom. Albany’s attitude is the direct opposite of Oswald’s expectations. Goneril promptly attributes his changed disposition to his cowardice. Afraid that Edmund will not be welcomed by Albany, Goneril advises him to go back...

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