Act 5, Scene 2 Notes from King Lear

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King Lear Act 5, Scene 2

Battle music signifies the opening of this scene, as well as the entrance of Cordelia and her father, Lear, followed by the French troops en route to battle. At the same moment, Edgar takes his own father by the arm, leading the blind man away from the war. Edgar takes his father to a safe place by a tree then Edgar himself leaves for battle.

Edgar returns quickly to inform Gloucester that the French have lost. Lear and Cordelia have been taken hostage. The only thing they can do to avoid being killed is to flee. Gloucester says he might as well die now, but Edgar goads him into escaping with him.

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