William Shakespeare 's King Lear Essay

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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 and father Glouster for power such as land. The play concludes with Goneril committing suicide, Edmund being killed by Edgar and Cordelia being executed. Throughout the play, Edmund is known to the audience as a villain. A villain is defined as “(in a film, novel, or play) a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot.” according to the dictionary. Edmund is deceitful, power hungry and arrogant, and these traits would prohibit him from being an effective leader.

To begin, Edmund constantly undermines characters throughout the play King Lear and because he is deceitful he would be an ineffective leader. Deceit is defined as “the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.”…

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