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Madness is the legal term for insanity the loss of self-control followed by anunstoppable path of destruction What could make us mad enough to begin carnage amongst our surroundings Some people choose to believe fate has a role in our sanity or the constellations say so but some people are just born mad In the case of William Shakespeares King Lear Edmund son of the Earl of Gloucester is engulfed in madness creating an ever so evil antagonist Why does he become such an evil character In his words we make guilty of our disasters the sun the moon and the stars in which we blame every wrong-doing while it is our own faults that we should accuse Edmund admits his evil attributes by saying he isnt evil because the stars say so but because he simply was born an evil personEdmund is the roots of sinful actions within the play but deep in Edmunds internal self-there is also a great amount of grief towards his true character In William ShakespearesKing Lear Edmund functions to develop the themes of fifal obligation human wickedness and also deep sympathy within the playThe first theme that is evident from the play is fifal obligation Edmund chooses to rebel against hisfather by fooling him in believing that his brother Edgar is evil It is evident in Edmonds soliloquy A credulous father And a brother noble Whose nature is so far from doing harmsThat he suspects none on whose foolish honestyMy practices ride easy I see the business Let me if not by birth have lands by witIiii173-175 In this quote Edmond outlines how easy it will be to deceive his father with this quote it is evident that Edmund has little care for his fathers well-being and only seeks wealth and revenge Another example of Edmonds horrible Fifal obligation is when Gloucester tells Edmund that he is going to go outside to help Lear that islocked out of the
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