"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 th' legitimate. I grow, I prosper. / Now, gods, stand up for bastards" (I. ii. 15-22).
1. What you got there?
3. HE HAS TURNED EVIL?
2. Oh, it is just a letter I found in my closet from Edgar. I think he is jealous of your authority.
4. I shall ask him for you, sir.
1. I think you have upset father
2. "Some villain hath done me wrong" (I. ii. 163).
Scene two begins with Edmunds soliloquy, in which he expresses his dissatisfaction with nature and societal rules. Edmund reveals his intentions of doing anything to get to his father's inheritance. This means, even turning his father against his own "legitimate" son, Edgar.
3. The entire Castle of Albany has been disrespecting the King all day
1. Goneril's father?
Edmund forges a letter that he tells his father Edgar wrote. The letter is suppose to reveal to Gloucester that Edgar wants to kill his father for his possessions. However, this is all apart of Edmund's plan to gain his father's affection.
1. You are a bigger fool than I am!
1. Your knights are getting out of control. Where has all your wisdom gone?
Ironically, Edmund has fooled Edgar because Edmund is the true villain. Edgar believes his brothers story and he feels set up. Edmund convinces Edgar to beware of his father, maybe even to go as far as carrying a weapon around.
2. "To make this creature fruitful. / Into her womb convey sterility. / Dry up in her the organs of increase, / And from her derogate body never spring / A babe to honor her" (I. iv. 274-278).
Goneril has sent her servant to distract her father from speaking with her. Lear feels highly disrespected, and it is obvious that he is losing that title as "King" that he claimed to have.
2. "My lady's father? My lord's knave! You whoreson dog! You slave! You cur !" (I. iv. 77)
The Fool enters, following many puns, to point out to Lear how rash his decisions have been. Lear begins to realize that handing his kingdom over to his daughters may have been a mistake, in which he grows angry.
2. But I am King...
Goneril gets annoyed by her childish father. Lear does not understand why he is receiving such treatment, but he gets heated and curses upon his daughter and any future children she may have.