William Shakespeare 's King Lear

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A prominent theme of King Lear that is widely discussed in typical analyses is the theme of finding wisdom amongst madness and clarity amongst blindness. These themes focus heavily on Lear and Gloucester: Lear becomes wise once he begins to go mad, and Gloucester gains insight once he becomes blind. This theme, though considerably more obscure, is also present between Edmund and Edgar. Both characters start the play in a state of blindness and have a moment of clarity once their lives are drastically changed. Edgar starts the story in a state of naivety, which blinds him until he becomes a target for Edmund. In Act 1: Scene 2, Lines 1-23, we meet Edmund in a soliloquy about his distaste with society’s rules over legitimacy and inheritance. He quickly reveals his plan to usurp his brother’s inheritance:
Well, then, legitimate Edgar, I must have your land. Our father’s love is to the bastard Edmund as to th’ legitimate. Fine word, “legitimate.” Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed and my invention thrive, Edmund the base shall top th’ legitimate. (1.2.17-22).
Although Edmund creates this plan secretly, it should be no secret to Edgar that Edmund would want some sort of inheritance, and the only way to gain it would be to take it from him. In a society where inheritance was only given to legitimate children, and often only the eldest, family tension was very common. Therefore, Edgar had little excuse to be completely blind to Edmund’s resentment.
When Edmund tells Edgar

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