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King Lear Essay Loyalty Loyalty is a noble quality so long as it is not blind and does not exclude the higher loyalty to truth and decency Putting ones faith in something that is not real is worse than putting ones faith in nothing at all Cloudy thinking and unreasonable thoughts lead to such a thing This is shown throughout Shakespeares King Lear Characters question the loyalty of offspring with no evidence Characters also are unreasonable in thoughts surrounding those true to them within the kingdom As well characters form an erroneous view of what love is and that makes them unreasonably question loyalties In Shakespeares King Lear when one is illogical in determining where loyalties lie it leads to treachery and suffering until one recognizes the error Devotion from ones offspring is wrongly judged In parenting it is difficult to do what is right and wrong all the time poor decisions will always be made In the case of Gloucester he chooses to favour his legitimate son Edgar over the illegitimate Edmund This is through no fault of Edmunds save birthright That unfairness causes flaws in Edmunds character After years of feeling inadequate evil begins to manifest within him or just misunderstanding He feels the need to get even with his father and his brother for the easy life they have led This caused him to come up with a ruse to convince Gloucester that Edgar was planning to kill Gloucester and claim his inheritance Seeing how loathly opposite I stoodTo his unnatural purpose in fell motionMy unprovided body launched mind armAnd when he saw my best alarumed spirits Bold in the quarrels right roused to the encounterOr whether gasted by the noise I madeFull suddenly he fledLet him fly farNot in this land shall he remain uncaught II I 57-63 The fact that Gloucester is so prepared to accept his faithful son as a traitor is disturbing Edgar is not only a faithful
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