Who is Cornwall? (Nick N, Anthony A, Chris D, Sabato D)

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  • He is Regan's husband.
  • He is characterized as cruel and violent.
  • He plucks Gloucester's eyes without much hesitation.
  • He wants to rule the kingdom with Regan and overthrow Lear.
  • He dies after blinding Gloucester when one of his own servants mortally wounds him.
  • He enjoys causing other people pain
  • He likes being in power because then nobody is allowed to stop him.
  • He puts Kent in the stocks for failing to show a little respect
  • http://www.shmoop.com/king-lear/duke-of-cornwall.html
  • “See’t shalt thou never.—Fellows, hold the chair.— Upon these eyes of thine I’ll set my foot."

Cornwall is a power-hungry maniac who represents the epitome of what happens to those who become corrupted by their power. The thing that makes him dangerous is that no one else has the power to stop him and he knows it. Cornwall knows he would not be able to kill someone. But as the saying goes, he could "get away with murder." This is exemplified when he blinds Gloucester, a terrible thing he does just because he knows he can get away with it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv-F5TZajMs Cornwall Gouges out eyes around the 1:30 mark