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In the play King Lear the recurring theme of betrayal is a central part of the work used to connect characters and events The theme of betrayal proves to be very significant in the sense that it ultimately conveys a lesson that those who stay true to their loved ones will live happily and those who betray will suffer a fate of demise Shakespeare also uses this lesson in the play as a reflection of the morals of the time period and the morals of humanity in general Early in the play Gloucester is tricked into believing that his legitimate son Edgar is slowly plotting to take over his thrown by Edmund In reality this is all part of Edmunds plot to gain the thrown that he believes belongs to him He closes his scheme out by convincing Edgar that his father was furious with him and to keep out of his way armed While he thinks he is doing justice Now gods stand up for bastards Iii22 he is truly betraying his family Once the plot begins to unfold Lear loses complete power to the point where his daughters turn on him and when the faithful Gloucester stays by his side Edmund betrays him by reporting his actions At this he is given the title of the Earl of Gloucester but Shakespeare will not allow this villain to go on without a flicker of weakness Tis true The wheel is come full circle I am here Viii208 Edmund acknowledges his end all at this point Edgar and Edmund meet and Edgar mortally wounds the traitor son A significant aspect of Edmunds death is that not only do those that betray get punished but those that remain loyal are rewarded After the battle the Duke of Albany hands the kingdom of Britain over to Edgar for his chivalrous behavior and loyalty Another significant betrayal is that of Lear by his two daughters The play begins
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