Truth Disguised By Words Essay Research Paper — страница 2

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each other’s back and even try to deceive one another right under their nose. This becomes an interesting battle of words and meaning between the two sisters, as they both know how the other works. When Goneril tries to be alone with Edmund and Regan won’t let her she replies, "O ho, I know the riddle. I will go."(V, i, 38). Here Goneril realizes that Regan understands that she is trying to manipulate her. Goneril becomes vicious and desperate which is evident when she says, "I had rather lose the battle than that sister / Should loosen him and me." (V, i, 19). Goneril has gotten to the point where greed has taken over her whole life and she has lied so much that the only true thing she has is her greed. When Albany confronts Goneril with the truth of her

selfishness and betrayal she refuses to listen to him because she is unable to handle words said with truth behind them for she has so rarely used them in such a manner. Finally her greed and selfishness along with her lack of love for Albany overcomes her and she poisons Regan. When she is then caught for her affairs with Edmund she confesses to the murder and kills herself. A tragic end to the two that caused the play’s tragedies in the first place. Their strong feeling of lust for Edmund was the fatal end to two lives that had barely ever let their words reflect their emotions. In the play the illegitimate son of Gloucester, Edmund, played a key role of trickery and manipulation. Edmund begins the play as the unimportant, yet seemingly equal bastard son of Gloucester who has

been away for many years. Edmund resents the fact that he is the bastard son and that he is treated lower than Edgar, the legitimate son, but manages to portray to the other characters that he is the humble, loving son that everyone expected him to be. His hatred and resentment for Edgar builds up to the point that Edmund’s first monologue is of pure hate and envy. He proves that his intentions are far from honorable when he speaks his true intentions: Well, then, Legitimate Edgar, I must have your land. Our father’s love is to the bastard Edmund As to the legitimate. Fine word, ‘legitimate’! Well, my legitimate, if this letter speed And my invention thrive, Edmund the base Shall top the legitimate. I grow, I prosper: Now gods, stand up for bastards! (I, ii, 15-22) This

is the beginning of Edmund’s despicable behavior. Here he tells the audience his plans but it does not become evident of how ruthless his intentions towards Edgar and his father are till later. This is the last word of truth that leaves Edmund’s lips for the rest of the play. Edmund’s game of lies and trickery begins in this second scene of the play. He begins by professing his undying loyalty to his father, beginning in a similar style as the sisters began, then proceeding, seemingly reluctantly, to tell him of his evil brother’s selfish plot to kill his father. Edmund presents a letter that he forged himself to his father that asked Edmund to join him in this devilish plot against his father. Here Edmund lies to his father in an incomprehensible way, hurting his father

with a son’s lost love and destroying his brother’s life all so that he could rise in power. Edmund then rises to the position of Edgar proceeding to lie to Edgar later in the act telling him to flee from his crazy father. Both his father and brother trust him as their faithful confidant while he is manipulating and destroying them both. Edmund’s greed and his success in his lies have taken him over as he then betrays his father for Goneril and Regan with the promise of the title of Earl of Gloucester. He treats each person in this play as if they are the most important person in the world to him while the whole time he is manipulating them. Every word of love or loyalty that comes out of his mouth is a lie, for he seems to show no such feelings towards anyone but himself

throughout the entire play. His humbleness in the beginning soon turns to a proud, overly confident attitude when he begins to spend his time with Goneril and Regan. He seems to show no real emotions for greed has taken them over, and he tries to disguise this by using words of love towards his father, Goneril and Regan. Once he betrays his father and allows him to be blinded because of false evidence that Edmund fabricated, he then moves on to betray Albany by making advances onto his wife. Edmund betrays Goneril with words of love and then goes and gives the same vows to Regan who he then makes his wife. These are his last lies and they cause the murder and suicide of the two royal sisters, who couldn’t play at their own game. Edmund’s lies and manipulations that he uses as