Manipulation In King Lear

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In the very first scene of the play the idea of one having control over one's own fate is evident through the contrasting actions of Cordelia's to those of Goneril and Regans. In Act one scene one of the play King Lear decides to give control of his kingdom to his daughters with each daughter receiving a third of the kingdom. The kings’ only catch being that each of his daughters has to profess their love for him in order to receive their share of the kingdom. Lears two eldest daughters Goneril and Regan comply with Lear's request and both go onto and make outlandish declarations. For example, Goneril claim she loves Lear “No less than life” (I.i.57). Also. Regan claiming that the only thing that makes her happy is the love she has for …show more content…
As previously mentioned Edgar is the legitimate son of Gloucester and is to inherit his father's fortune before he fell victim to Edmunds manipulation. Although Edgar's story seems to be sympathetic and tragic it is truly just a direct result of Edgar's own foolishness. Throughout Edmunds manipulation of his brother Edgar, Edgar arrogantly never questions the legitimacy of his brothers claims. For example, when Edmund first manipulated Edgar, he convinced his brother that their father Gloucester was so enraged by him that he wanted to harm him. Being that Edgar does not recall doing anything to enrage his father, it would be logical that Edgar would be skeptical of his brother claims and even seek to resolve the issue. Yet Edgar is neither skeptical of his brothers claim and or seek to resolve the issue but rather fully accepted Edmunds claims. Edgar believes that his father rage was due to an outside source claiming “A villain has done me wrong” (I.ii.154). This gullible and foolish behavior by Edgar continues in the face of Edmunds manipulation of his brother. This time the manipulation leads to Edgar foolishly running away in fear of his father and leaving his lavish life behind him. With this in mind, it is clear that Edgar's life seemingly was ruined by his brothers manipulation, yet if he took …show more content…
This argument entails that although in the beginning of the play Edmund, Goneril and Regan all had control over their own fate, by the end of the play an outside force provide justice to these immortal characters. For example, if in the case of Goneril and Regan, since both Goneril and Regan end up dying some would argue their deaths were due to an outside source being an astrological force or god. This outside force came to provide justice to the situation and a serve as a punishment for the sisters’ immoral actions earlier in the play. Being the lying to and scheming against their father. Although this counter-argument seems probable at first, when further analysing the events of the play it is proven false and the argument of the characters of King Lear controlling their fates is strengthened. This is the case as both Goneril and Regan's death were a result of their own actions and emotions. In the play both sister both are in love and pursuit of Edmund. This love for Edmund is so powerful that it causes a heated rivalry and cloud the decision making abilities of the sisters. This rivalry is so fierce that Goneril goes on and foolishly decides to poison her sister Regan in order to ensure success in her pursuit of Edmund. This foolish plan might have worked except for the fact the Goneril then goes onto

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