Fools and Foolishness in King Lear

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He discusses this as his father, Gloucester, leaves to ponder the "plotting" of his son Edgar. Edmund states that, "This is the excellent foppery of the world, that / when we are sick in fortune../...we make guilty of our disasters / the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains / on necessity; fools by heavenly compulsion" seemingly for the soul purpose of illustrating his wickedness (I, ii, 32)...
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Edmund realizes that his evil was borne by himself. This soliloquy shows the audience Edgar's foolishness in his mistaken belief that evil, or malevolence, is the force that drives one to greatness and/or prosperity. It also illustrates "the bastard's" mistaken belief that by fooling his father, he might be able to eliminate his competition for Gloucester's title, Edgar, and possibly rid himself of his father in the same token...
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