Earl of Kent is a faithful and candid dignitary of King Lear. By the efforts of enemies, he is doomed to exile. But instead of meekly accepting the verdict, he becomes a different person. His mission is to be with the governor and support him. It's no wonder Kent seeks to play a role of some lightning rod to the violent character of Lear, wanting to protect him from the fiasco. When all efforts fail, he returns to his usual appearance, hoping to protect the ruler after all. In the image of the Count of Kent is embodied not just an employee, but a friend with a good heart and boundless love. That is why his fate is inextricably linked with the king’s destiny. Upon learning of his doom, Kent realizes that his goal on earth has already been achieved, and he could only wait for his own death.
Earl of Kent in the Essays