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For mankind it is not survival of the fittest it is survival of the cruellest Has this been your interpretation after reading King Lear The characters Gonerill Regan and Edmund could be categorised as the cruelest in Shakespeares play King Lear Gonerill Regan and Edmunds deception to their friends and family is ultimately for their own gain and survival The end of King Lear however sees Gonerill Regan and Edmund all dead Cruelty most certainly aided in their rise to power Edmunds rising to the Earl of Gloucester and the daughters acquisition of their Fathers land proves this All the characters that were considered evil did die however many of those that were kind died as well Cruelty most definitely played a role in the characters survival however was not the sole reason for this It would still be accurate though to state that in King Lear it is not survival of the fittest it is survival of the cruelest Gonerill and Regan make the first cruel deception Both sisters lie to their father the goal that was to be achieved from this was to acquire his land After succeeding the daughters neglect their father and treat him with extreme disrespect In being cruel towards their father they are protecting themselves as not to allow his soldiers to create havoc in their castle Similarly Edmund deceives his family both his brother and father Edmund most cruelly informs Gloucester of Edgars plans to overthrow Gloucester and gain the throw The information given to Gloucester is entirely fictional and is a plot by Edmund to be rid of both his father and his brother These cruel acts of treachery are performed so Edmund can rise in power and gain access to his fathers thrown Edmund Gonerill and Regans cruelty is horrifically shown in the decision they make for their own survival and uprising Edmund in order to be rid of his father Gloucester
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