Someone has rightly said that actions speak louder than words. Gonderils continual wicked intentions are exposed through her actions towards her father. Lear learns to understand this difference between words and deed only through harsh experience. In the very first scene of the play, Kent makes several attempts to make Lear realize the futility of empty words and is also banished. The subplot of the play further talks about the intricacies of human behavior through the characters like Edmund. His character in many ways is similar to the character of Iago in Shakespeares another play, Othello. The themes of main plot resonate in this subplot too. They intricately explore some vices and virtues in human behavior through multifaceted characters ranging from King to The Fool. Shakespeare deliberately employs this technique so that he can bring out the theme of good vs evil explicitly.


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