The Betrayal Of Edmund In King Lear

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Name : Indah Arti Fisilla
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Exploring Drama
The Betrayal of Edmund

The character of Edmund in king Lear play known as a second child who is illegitimate to Gloucester. Edmund has one elder brother from different mother who called Edgar. He is obsessed with wealth and power. His intention to get the power as an earl in his own right needs him to inherit all the wealth and power from his father, Gloucester. In purpose to make his father feels that Edmund worth to get the inheritance, he makes his father thinks that Edgar is going to kill his father. At the same time, Edmund also convinces Edgar should hide and not talk to their father. According to the characterization of Edmund, opportunistic can encourage a person to betray someone
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He admitted that he is an opportunistic who can do whatever he can to achieve his goals. It shows when he said: “A credulous father and a brother noble, whose nature is so far from doing harms that he suspects none; on whose foolish honesty my practices ride easy. I see the business. Let me, if not by birth, have lands by with All with me is meet that I can fashion it. (1.2.192-197).” Another evidence is that Edmund chose to betray his father to get reward in return from Cornwall. Edmund betray his father by telling Cornwall the information that an army will come to Britain to fight Cornwall. It shows when Edmund says: “This courtesy forbid thee shall the Duke. Instantly know, and of that letter too. This seems a fair deserving, and must draw me. That which my father loses—no less than all. The younger rises when the old doth fall. (3.3.21-25)”. This passage shows that Edmund betray his father. He also mentioned about young and old generation which is happened in the play. The Social problem between young and old generation in England is basically shows that there are not many men who held the land, wealth and power due to a growing population of young men who has no …show more content…
At the Shakespeare’s time, there are only the eldest son which will get the inheritance. As the result, Edmund don’t want his brother inherit their father’s wealth and power and decided to get it in any ways as we can see in the passage “[…] Wherefore should I Stand in the plague of custom, and permit. The curiosity of nations to deprive me. For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines. Lag of a brother? why 'bastard'? Wherefore 'base,' when my dimensions are as well compact, my mind as generous and my shape as true. As honest madam's issue? Why brand they us with 'base,' with 'baseness,' 'bastardy,' 'base,' 'base,' Wherefore should I, Who, in the lusty stealth of nature, take more composition and fierce quality than doth, within a dull, stale, tired bed. Go to the' creating a whole tribe of fops got 'tween asleep and wake? Well then, legitimate Edgar, I must have your land. Our father's love is to the bastard Edmund as to the' legitimate. Fine word, 'legitimate,' Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed and my invention thrive, Edmund the base shall top the' legitimate. I grow, I prosper. Now, gods, stand up for bastards! (1.2.2-23)”. In this passage we can see that Edmund don’t accept for what people think who always called him “bastard”. Edmund tired of people who called him bastard, yet he acknowledged his betrayal towards his family. He thinks he has right to “grow” and “prosper” under his father’s name.

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