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King Lear | Act 2, Scene 3 | Summary

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Edgar takes the stage by himself. He's been declared an outlaw and is on the run. His plan is to dirty his face, muss his hair, strip down to almost nothing, and pretend to be crazy.

Analysis

This is the second instance in King Lear in which a good and innocent character chooses to disguise himself in order to stay in the kingdom. Whereas Kent becomes a serving man to blend in with others in Lear's service, Edgar becomes something wilder: Poor Tom. The scene ends with the line, "'Edgar' I nothing am," which shows the fragility of characters' identities in the play. One good trick by his brother, and Edgar's entire life and identity have been stripped away.

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