King Lear

Why does Edgar fool his father at Dover in King Lear?


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Edgar wants his father to stop trying to kill himself. Edgar takes advantage of his father's blindness and makes him believe that he is on a high cliff. Gloucester thinks he is jumping off a cliff but it is really like two feet. Edgar puts on a different accent and comes to Edgar's aid. He tells him that he had jumped of a cliff and the Gods have miraculously saved him. Edgar wants his father to think the Gods favor him so he will stop trying to end his life.