They just left him to rot. The play challenges the audience through the contradiction of the goodness and primordial evil of a man.
It seems the main they key to survival in the play was surviving in the Kingdom. As a bastard Edmund might have had a hidden inferiority complex that motivated him to decieve to gain power for acceptance and therefore love. Because of her sincerity and her wish not to flatter him like the rest of his daughters, Lear proceeds to ridicule her and then takes away her dowry.
Characters Lear and Gloucester shape the story line due to their lack of insight which their children take adavantage of. Author: Brandon Johnson. Lying is a dominant motif in both plays, and distinguishing the motives and methods behind the lying in each play defines the subtle line between the restoration and disintegration of civil order.
Edmund is envious of the fact that he will not inherit any title from Gloucester because he is a bastard and not the biological and rightful son that Edgar is. He is a Machiavellian character, guided by expediency.
Goneril and Regan use Lears pride to render him homeless.