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The development of the character is a genuinely important asset to the presentation of a story Shakespeare is no stranger to producing a strong representation of his cast through different development methods In the tragedy King Lear the character Edmund who is the illegitimate son to the Earl of Gloucester is almost immediately presented to the audience as a villain Shakespeare does this through the usage of monologues and his relation to other characters throughout the play However despite his villainous portrayal there is a sense of redemption for the traitor before his death at the close of the play Shakespeare is known for being an extremely versatile playwright producing perhaps the most powerful and influential tragedies and comedies The historic story of King Lear which fits the tragedy mold follows the family problems revolving around King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester The story begins when the 80-year-old King of Britain decides to retire and divide his land among his three daughters Goneril Regan and Cordelia Cordelia King Lears youngest daughter is almost immediately dispossessed of the rights to her land and is cast from the kingdom after she does not profess her love to her father right away With Cordelia stripped of her heir her share is cut amongst the remaining daughters to be ruled by them and their husbands The Earl of Gloucester has a similar problem to that of Lear since his two sons were internally battling for right to control his lands at the hands of his death Edmund who is the younger of the two sons is considered to be an illegitimate offspring taking away any right to become the heir to the estate he is so close to ruling However his older brother Edgar is not of this status and is capable of taking control of his fathers territory Legitimate Edgar I must have your land Our fathers love is to the bastard Edmund As
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