A Critical Analysis of King Lear's Daughters' Attr Essay

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A Critical Analysis of King Lear's Daughters' Attraction to Edmund


Shakespeare' King Lear is a story of treachery and deceit. The villainy of the play knows
no bounds. Family lines are ignored in an overwhelming quest for power. This villainy is
epitomized in the character of Edmund, bastard son of the Earl of Gloucester.


Edmund is displayed as a " most toad-spotted traitor." When we first see Edmund, he is
already knee deep in treachery. His need for power has already clouded his mind to the
extent that his first act is a double-cross of his own brother. Edmund composes a false
letter to his father implicating his brother, Edgar in a plot to kill Gloucester. Edmund
then goes to Edgar and convinces him to run away. Edgar, like his father is easily
deceived, and runs.


Edmund's evil trickery continues to increase in its cruelty until he commits an
inconceivable crime. Edmund has reached a point in his pursuit of power that he will stop
at nothing to gain more. He writes another letter. This one is similar to the first,
except instead of implicating his brother to his father, it implicates his father in a
plot with France to kill The Duke of Cornwall. The King decides that Gloucester's supposed
treachery cannot be tolerated and orders that his eyes be torn out. At this point, Edmund
seems to be unequivocally evil. This is undoubtedly false.
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