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From the opening of Act2 of King Lear we become aware of the intense deceit at the core of the society in which the play is set in fact so much so that even within family units immense deception is taking place Edmund perfectly characterises such deceitfulness when he finds out that the Duke of Cornwall and Regan will be arriving to Gloucesters his father house stating that This weaves itself perforce into my business Immediately Edmunds manipulative nature is indeed revealed to the audience Edmund is aware that his father watches the unfolding events and so therefore extends his plan to ensnare him in his string of lies Edmunds scheme to steal his brothers inheritance clearly shows the lack of trust and loyalty in the community for the fact that so cunning an individual with such opportunistic intentions of malevolence and greed could emerge from the kingdom dose convey a fundamental flaw within the very core of society Also it appears that Edmund is the most mentally powerful and dominant character within the play once again showing a fault in the civilisation that we are taken to in the play It seems that the cruel and sinister appear to be advancing in the world while the just and honest individuals such as Cordeila whom loves her father according to her bond are diminished from society For example Kent a loyal servant of Lear questions his kings hideous rashness is also banished An inconsonant balance between the actions of the character and their consequences is apparent The righteous seem to be punished for their actions whereas the base are rewarded For the audience of the time the fact that a bastard was seen as escalating himself to a higher social position would have been a revolutionary idea once again extenuating the lack of conventional stability in the world of the play The extent of Edmunds manipulation is seen when he tells Edgar his
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