King Lear Act IV, Scene 6: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 6: Summary and Analysis

Edgar, dressed as a peasant, is supposedly leading the blind Gloucester to the precipice near Dover where the Duke plans to end his life. In an effort to dissuade him, Edgar tries to mislead his father by telling him they are nearing the steep cliff. Though they are on flat ground, Edgar talks of the sounds of the roaring sea and the ascent of the rising terrain that is leading them to the hill. Gloucester insists the ground is even, but Edgar replies that losing his sight must have affected his other senses.

His father perceives a change in Edgar’s improved speech, but Edgar flatly denies it. When they arrive at “the place,” Edgar gives a lengthy description of the view below with its people...

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