Examples Of Greed In King Lear

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Edmund, the illegitimate younger son of Glouster is overcome with greed and the thirst for power. Throughout the novel King Lear written by William Shakespeare Edmund has a constant need of revenge. Edmund finds himself taking everything from Edgar, and still wanting more. The play starts off stating how King Lear has grown old, and that he must divide his kingdom up into three sections. The daughter who shows the most love and affection gets the largest part of the kingdom, so naturally the wicked Regan and Goneril lie their way into King Lear’s heart. When Coredila speaks the truth about Regan and Goneril King Lear banishes her and divvies the kingdom into two for Regan and Goneril. Later Edmund finds himself betraying his brother Edgar …show more content…
The first example of Edmund demonstrating arrogance occurs when Edmund is talking to himself about how idiotic everyone is because they blame everything on something else.

“This is the excellent foppery of the world, that when we are sick in fortune—often the surfeits of our own behaviour—we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence, and all that we are evil in, by divine thrusting on…”
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Leadership is defined through actions, self demeanor and the traits of the person. Edmund is sneaky, a liar, traitorous and ruthless in regards to his actions throughout the play. Edmund should not have betrayed Glouster or Edmund. If Edmund did not betray his father or brother he would not have died. Edmund’s greed for power overwhelmed him to the point where he would have done anything for Glouster or anyones land. He constantly lied to the people in the play and snuck around having affairs with married women. Edmund would have been a successful leader if he had not committed the crimes against his father and

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