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This is the only scene in the play in which Curan makes an appearance, and his role in it is a brief one. But his few lines develop the narrative by
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intimating an imminent estrangement between Regan and Goneril.
serving as a figure of cautious judgment against which to measure Gloucester’s credulity and his rash reactions.
lending support to the opinion that Lear has acted unreasonably.
serving as a warning for Edmund not to carry through with his plan.
informing the audience (though Edmund is his interlocutor) about who is trying to make alliances with whom.