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Oswald Timeline and Summary

  • 1.3 Goneril tells Oswald to be rude to Lear in order to start a confrontation.
  • 1.4 Oswald is pointedly cold and disrespectful to Lear. Kent trips him in revenge and insults him.
  • 2.2 Kent tries to start a fight with Oswald. Oswald acts cowardly and blames everything on Kent.
  • 4.2 Oswald informs Goneril that her husband is beginning to turn against her. He also finds out that she and Edmund are having an affair.
  • 4.5 Regan tries to get Oswald to let her read a letter from Goneril to Edmund, but Oswald refuses. Regan suggests he kill Gloucester, as there is a reward for doing so.
  • 4.6 Oswald finds Gloucester and tries to kill him, but Edgar intervenes and kills Oswald in his father's defense. Oswald gives up the letter before he dies.