King Lear Act I, Scene 4: Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scene 4: Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Knight: one of Lear’s many attendants

Fool: the king’s professional court jester

The scene continues in Albany’s palace, where Kent is considering the success of his disguise. He is convinced that if he falsifies his accent, the masquerade will be complete. Ironically, he wishes to remain loyal to the King who has banished him. Just as Lear returns from his hunting trip, Kent appears disguised in servant’s garb. Lear questions his abilities and his motives for wanting to serve him. Answering each question in a jovial manner, Kent portrays a character unlike his own. Convinced of Kent’s qualifications, Lear invites him to join him as his servant and...

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