To lose the "additions" that make one a king is to fall back into that state of undifferentiated nothing in which social identity dissolves and masculinity and femininity merge. James himself resembled Kent, who like James swears a great deal and shuns pomp, and like Kent, who cares little what people think of his bad manners, James was blunt rather than politic. Hasid on the Aisle ". Its most significant deviations from Shakespeare were to omit the Fool entirely, to introduce a happy ending in which Lear and Cordelia survive, and to develop a love story between Cordelia and Edgar two characters who never interact in Shakespeare which ends with their marriage. The Earl of Gloucester and the Earl of Kent observe that, by dividing his realm between Goneril and Regan, Lear has awarded his realm in equal shares to the peerages of the Duke of Albany Goneril's husband and the Duke of Cornwall Regan's husband.
A scene in which a character is threatened with blinding in the manner of Gloucester forms the climax of the parody horror Theatre of Blood.
Edmund defies Albany, who calls for a trial by combat. Among those who argue that Lear is redeemed in the Christian sense through suffering are A. June But her violent death marks the start of an increasingly bleak and violent chain of events influenced by co-writer Nick Davies' documentary book Dark Heart which in spite of the director's denial that the film had "serious parallels" to Shakespeare's play, actually mirror aspects of its plot closely.