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King Lear: The Use Of Letters

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William Shakespeare used letters as a dramatic device to reveal the
characters' loyalty and betrayal in his play King Lear. The purpose of the
letter is to develop the plot and reveal the characters' attributes. Three
letters help to develop the plot and reveal the characters of Edmund, Gloucester,
Goneril and Albany.
The first letter that appeared on the stage is Edmund's false letter.
The letter talked about Edgar's plan to kill to his father, Gloucester. Edmund
made up this letter to plan against his brother Edgar. Edmund lied to
Gloucester about the letter. This letter developed the subplot in King Lear and
it shows us that Edmund betrayed his brother. Edmund planned to destroy the
love of Gloucester for Edgar, so Edmund can get what he wants. This false
letter revealed that Edmund wasn't loyal to his family and he betrayed his
Another important letter that appeared on the stage is talking about
French invasion. This letter was written to Gloucester. Gloucester decided to
help Lear after he read the letter. Gloucester worried about Lear and this
revealed Gloucester 's loyalty to the old king. Gloucester told his decision to
Edmund after Gloucester finished the letter. Edmund decided to tell Cornwall

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