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Psychoanalysis of Edmund (King Lear)

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Transcript of Psychoanalysis of Edmund (King Lear)

Teenage angst has paid off well
Now I'm bored and old
Self-appointed judges judge
More than they have sold

If she floats than she is not
A witch like we have thought
A down payment on another
One at Salem's lot

[Chorus]
Serve the servants - oh no
Serve the servants - oh no
Serve the servants - oh no
Serve the servants
That legendary divorce is such a bore

As my bones grew they did hurt
They hurt really bad
I tried hard to have a father
But instead I had a dad

I just want you to know that I
Don't hate you anymore
There is nothing I could say
That I haven't thought before

[Chorus]
Psychoanalysis of Edmund (King Lear)
Ian Marsh, Ian Lindsay, Noah Hutchinson, Logan Mann and Kobby Nkansah
King Lear Scene Analysis
Act 1; Scene 2; Edmund’s Soliloquy
Edmund gives a speech about how he hates the way society treats bastards and how he holds a grudge against his legitimate half-brother, Edgar. He decides to carry out a plot to get rid of his father and Edgar. He begins by forging a letter from "Edgar" where he says he is going to kill his father. When he "reluctantly" lets Gloucester read it, he then tells Edgar Gloucester is mad at him and that he should carry around a weapon to be safe.
Act 3; Scene 3

Gloucester tells Edmund of how Cornwall, Goneril, and Regan threw out King Lear into a storm, and ordered Gloucester to never speak in support of Lear. He wants Edmund to distract Cornwall so he can help Lear in the storm. Edmund sees this as the perfect opportunity to get rid of his father. He immediately tells Cornwall of Gloucester's act of treason in hopes that he will gain his father's power and throne.
Act 5; Scene 3
This scene is both the pinnacle and the fall of Edmund. He arrives a victor in the battle against the French. Having captured King Lear and Cordelia, along with having Goneril and Regan completely in his hold Edmund gains ultimate sovereignty of the land.

The beginning of the fall is when Albany calls Edmund out for misconduct sends a knight to duel with him over his honor, the knight defeats him, and is revealed to be his brother Edgar.

Edmund tries to repent in this scene by admitting that he sent Lear and Cordelia to die, and that if they hurry their deaths could be stayed. As he dies, Edmund says some very revealing words; "Yet Edmund was beloved.The one the other poisoned for my sake,And after slew herself."

Hysteria- Muse
It's bugging me
Grating me
And twisting me around
Yeah, I'm endlessly
Caving in
And turning inside out
'Cause I want it now
I want it now
Give me your heart and your soul
And I'm breaking out
I'm breaking out
Last chance to lose control
Yeah, it's holding me
Morphing me
And forcing me to strive
To be endlessly
Cool within
And dreaming I'm alive
'Cause I want it now
I want it now
Give me your heart and your soul
And I'm breaking down
I'm breaking out
Last chance to lose control
And I want you now
I want you now
I feel my heart implode
And I'm breaking out
Escaping now
Feeling my faith erode


If I kill a man
In the first degree
Baby, would you
Would you flee with me?

A sinister kid, is a kid who
Runs to meet his maker
A drop dead sprint from the day he's born
Straight into his makers arms

And that's me, that's me
The boy with the broken halo
That's me, that's me
The devil won't let me be

A sinister kid, is a kid who
Runs to meet his maker
A drop dead sprint from the day he's born
Straight into his makers arms

And that's me, that's me
The boy with the broken halo
That's me, that's me
The devil won't let me be



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Psycho what?
Psychoanalysis as a critical theory was first used when Sigmund Freud wrote his paper "On Repression in Hamlet", which was a study on the actions of and motivations of the character Hamlet. The goal of the Psychological Critical Theory is to examine a character or work of literature's motivations, or reasoning, for what it is trying to say or do.PENIS
Who have I been?
Who am I now?
Who will I become?
Edmund was an overlooked bastard child who would inherit nothing from his father.
Serve the Servants - Nirvana
Edmund is a tyrant, pushing anyone down who gets in the way of his goal: to gain as much power as possible.
Once people understand how much Edmund influenced the outcome of the royal family, he will be hated and blamed for the deaths of Goneril and Regan
Edmund's Motives
Well, the crooks are out
And the streets are gray
You know I wouldn't have it
Any other way, yeah

Your mother's words
They're, they're ringing still
But your mother
Don't pay our bills, yeah

A sinister kid, is a kid who
Runs to meet his maker
A drop dead sprint from the day he's born
Straight into his makers arms

And that's me, that's me
The boy with the broken halo
That's me, that's me
The devil won't let me be

I got a tortured mind
And my blade is sharp
A bad combination
In the dark
After being pushed down his whole life and essentially treated as a specter of a person, cheated out of a birth right by fate , Edmund, to compensate for this lack of position, sought nothing less than ultimate power of the land and to punish those who he held responsible for his suffering at any cost.
When those costs caught up with him, Edmund still had enough PENIS humanity to try to amend his wrongs, at least partially.
Edmund
Bastard son of Gloucester (Courtesan of King Lear)
First born, but second heir to Edgar
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