A Modern Retelling of King Lear Act 4 Scene 5-6 (Perspective of Oswald)

A Modern Retelling of King Lear Act 4 Scene 5-6 (Perspective of Oswald)
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Follow the adventures of Oswald: a mailman with plans more malicious then delivering mail.

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  • Regan:  Wow my sister is the worst. Well, give this to Edmund because I'm a widow and I deserve him. while you're at it Oswald, kill Gloucestor for me and I'll pay you.
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  • Oswald:  Okay. When I find Edmund I'll show him whose side I'm on.
  • Oswald: I'm not the mail man... I'm the hit man!!!! *takes off hat* Now I'll finally get the reward! I will kill you, you traitor!
  • WHOOSH
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  • Gloucestor: "Now let thy friendly hand Put strength enough to ’t" (4.6.258-259).
  • Oswald: "Let go, slave, or thou diest" (4.6.265)!
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  • Edgar: I will not let him die! not without a good reason!
  • Regan says she doesn't think her sister, Goneril, should be the one to get the manipulative Edmund because her husband, Cornwall, died. She also wants Oswald to deliver a note to Edmund. Regan also states she will pay anyone who will murder the traiter Gloucester. He is despised because he helped Lear and the Fool escape.
  • Edgar: *speaks in accent* Leave us alone! If you hurt this old man I will hurt you!
  • Much later, Oswald approaches Gloucester and his son, in disguise, Edgar. Oswald draws his "gun" and states he will kill the traitor Gloucester. Gloucester responds by stating how he would be  happy to die if Oswald is strong enough to kill him. He says this because he just previously tried to commit suicide but was saved by "the gods."
  • BANG
  • BOOM
  • Edgar: *pulls out gun* *fights Oswald*
  • Edgar immediately steps in between Oswald and Gloucester, protecting his father. He doesn't want his father to die when he hasn't sinned. Oswald responds by threatening Edgar that he will die if he doesn't move. Oswald wants to prove to Regan he is capable and he wants the reward she offered.
  • Oswald: *falls* I can't believe you've killed me! Take my money and bury me. Give these letters to Edmund. *dies*
  • Gloucester: Is he dead?!
  • Edgar: I know you well! You are an evil villain in service of an evil mistress!
  • Edgar threatens Oswald in attempts to save Gloucester. He feels as though Oswald should not kill Gloucester not only because he is his father, but also because Gloucester doesn't deserve to die. Despite this, Oswald's determination prevents Edgar's words from affecting him.
  • Oswald: Get out of my way!
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  • What was revealed about justice in the world of King Lear? Oswald represents the antagonists in the story, including Goneril, Regan, and Edmund. He was a minion of the sisters and his intent was to help the sisters communicate with Edmund and he was also driven by money in attempts to kill Gloucester. This shows how Oswald was an evil character that, in terms of justice, didn't really deserve to live. Therefore, this an example of how justice can be done in the world of King Lear, even though it seems it's not always the case.  Despite this story being a Shakespeare tragedy, it still has its moments of justice when the protagonists win conflicts.
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  • After the intense fight: Oswald speaks his last words as he falls to the ground to his death. Oswald wants Edgar to deliver the letters to Edmund, even though Edgar reads them instead. Oswald's death scene is important because it shows how justice played out. Oswald was one of the evil Goneril's minions and he died and with his death, Edgar was revealed the truth.
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