Nothing is also used in the subplot to introduce the plot and to develop Edmund and Edgar.

- When Gloucester questions Edmund on the nature of his the letter that he is reading, he also replies “nothing”, only making Goucester want to read it.

- Gloucester reads it, saying "“if it be nothing, I shall not need spectacles”, only to find it is quite the opposite of nothing.

- What Edmund calls "nothing" is the very thing that causes Edgar to forgo all of his possessions, forsake his identity and become nothing in order to evade capture.

- When Lear stumbles upon Edgar in the forest, he realizes the similarities between the two, both have been reduced to nothing by their families and their minds weaken in the process (or so it appears to Lear).

- When Lear loses his possessions we can see that he becomes gradually more insightful and thoughtful throughout the play.


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