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Wisdom is the accumulated knowledge and the trait of utilizing that knowledge and experience with common sense and insight Morals are standards of what are right and wrong assessed by an individual and how one might abide by them Many characters in the play King Lear written by William Shakespeare possess these characteristics Some characters abuse their qualities while others stay true to themselves Wisdom may provide opportunity but morality is needed to achieve true success A great virtue for one to hold is wisdom Although it may provide an individual with opportunity once that wisdom is too deeply abused it leads to ones downfall Edmund uses his wisdom over his relationships and his wisdom is general to gain opportunity but lacks the morals to attain true success Edmund uses his wisdom regarding his relationships He knows his Father and Brother trust him and therefore will believe what he says After Edmund talks to Edgar he mutters to himself That he suspects none on whose foolish honestlyMy practices ride easy I see the businessIii178-179 showing he is satisfied that he has indeed fooled Gloucester and Edgar his plots have furthered Furthermore Edmund uses his wisdom in general to try to attain success he comes up with a very clever plan to achieve all the land Alone in Gloucesters castle he says to himself Legitimate Edgar I must have your landIii16 encouraging himself even more to give Gloucester the fake letter he wrote This very wise plan opens an undeserved opportunity for Edmund but only for a while Finally Edmund lacks the morality to maintain his success In the British camp near Dover Edgar finally confronts Edmund and Albany charges him with treason and in response to this he says What you have charged me with that I have done and more much moreViii162-163 he speaks as though he is proud of what he has done and does not care who he has hurt Treason is
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