Importance of the Parallel Plot in King Lear
Literature can be expressed using many different techniques and styles of writing, some very effective and others not. One of the methods chosen by many is the use of so called "parallel" plots.
"Parallel" plots, or sometimes referred to as minor plots; gives the opportunity of experiencing a secondary story going along with the main plot that otherwise would be unmentioned. William Shakespeare shows excellent use of a parallel plot in his play "King Lear", but some questions its essentiality by asking: Is it really necessary? Does it help the story or does it degrade it? Is the Gloucester's plot really needed? Many argue that it is very important and others say it is completely useless. This essay will try to prove that the parallel plot used in "King Lear" is needed and it adds to the overall value of the play.
Like any other kind of literature "King Lear" contains many themes; one of which is the "parent-child relationship" conflict. Relationship problems are very common, not only in novels but also in everyday life.
Lear starts the entire dilemma of hatred and destruction by his foolish desire for flattery. He divides his kingdom between two of his daughters and the never ending crave for power and wealth begins. As we can assume from the play's title, Lear and his daughters are part of the main plot. The plot of Gloucester and his sons is considered parallel.
As Lear, Gloucester is also portrayed with family problems. He experiences trouble with his two sons, Edgar and Edmund. This parallel plot that ties in with the main one sometimes actually comes into unison and characters interact with each other.
The parallel plot can be taken into account as a "back-up" or "supporting" one. It proves the point Shakespeare is trying to make in his main plot. Gloucester's problems can be compared with Lear's and similarities can be found very eas...