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King Lear: Evil Nature of Edmund
It is possible that the tragedy of King Lear could be driven almost entirely by the pure evil nature of Edmund. After Lear's initial acts of eminent domain, the play becomes driven by Edmund's cunning evil acts. Edmund forces his own brother into hiding, turns his father against his brother, orders his fathers blindness, orders the death of Cordelia, almost succeeds killing Lear and Albany, and turns sister against sister. Edmund does all of these horrible acts without any regret. This pure evil is even rationalized by Edmund.
Edmund feels that his actions are ....