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Gloucester is a noble man, who shares same fault of Lear of lack of personal insight, when Gloucester performs a similar act of banishing his child. Gloucester banishes Edgar as he believes that he had committed a crime, as he was convinced by Edmund. As Edmund creates a false letter that falsely indicates that Edgar wants to kill his father for gaining the inheritance. Gloucester believes in Edmund almost immediately, without consulting Edgar if this was true. So Gloucester is immediately enraged, believes the letter and wants to punish Edgar for this, and expresses his rage. "O villain, villain! His very opinion in the letter!Abhorred villain! Unnatural, detested, brutish villain!Worse than brutish! Go, sirrah, seek him. I'll appre-hend him. Abominable villain! Where is he? (1.2.75-78). This shows that his lack of personal insight prevents him from seeing that emotions he is feelings is dictating what he should do; this is seen as he immediately wants Edgar to be punished. As Gloucester immediately believes Edmund without consulting Edgar, and this indicates that there could be a preexisting fear in Gloucester that he thinks the young people want to takeover since he immediately jumped to that conclusion. This can be further proved as stated by Edward E.Forster who states that Gloucestor was misleaded by Edmund could be result of a preexisting fear
Gloucester like Lear trusts the children who do not truly love them, as misleadingly trusts Edmund as he mistakes illusion vs reality, but this is more of a result of “ long-term moral confusion” that is seen with his illegitimate son Edmund. (Foster, Edward E. "King Lear." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-4).
Gloucester is deceived by Edmund who carefully plays the part of trying to incriminate Edgar through his actions. Through playing of character traits such as gullibility and paranoia, so that Gloucester would believe him. The reason why Gloucester so easily believed him is that he could have had preexisting fear of the younger taking over the old, and by playing with his character traits like paranoia this made it easy to convince Gloucester.