Meanwhile, the story tells us about Gloucester who has 2 sons. He also has a great power and wealth. Unfortunately, he was also blinded from the truth when he believed the Edmund’s lies. “If the matter were good, my lord, I durst swear it were his; but, in respect of that, I would fain think it were not.” In this quote, Edmund lied that Edgar was plotting against him and Gloucester believed him since he was afraid of losing his power and wealth. This led him to chase after Edgar and later being thrown into the street with his eyes grouched out. Only when he lost his sight and wealth, he learnt the truth about Edgar.Regan and Goneril were both wicked from the start and the power boosted their evilness and blinded them. “As you are old and reverend, you should be wise…” The quote shows that Goneril is rude towards her dad whom should be taken care of, but she treated him with disrespect. When Lear went to Regan, she acted like Goneril. “I pray you, father, being weak, seem so. If, till the expiration of your month, you will return and sojourn with my sister, …, said Regan.” This proves that they no longer love or respect their father once they have power and no longer treated Lear as a father or a king. Power has even turn them against each other, ending them dead.
Overall, the story is the perfect example of misusing power. Both King Lear and Gloucester were powerful at the start of the story. Because of their misusage of power, they suffered greatly and blinded them from the truth. Even for the sister, power corrupted both of them, turning against each other and disrespecting their father.