Essay: Quotes from King Lear
William Shakespeare is one of the greatest play writers of all times. In his classic king Lear, there are several famous quotes and one of the quotes is as follows, “Thou, nature, art my goddess; to thy law My services are bound. Wherefore should I
Stand in the plague of custom, and permit The curiosity of nations to deprive me,
For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshine Lag of a brother? Why bastard? wherefore base? 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!”(Shakespeare & McEachern 14)
Edmund realizes that he stands no chance of drawing the much-needed attention from his father and decides to work his way up. He is born out of an illegitimate relationship making him a bastard thus disqualifying him as an heir of his father Gloucester. He knows that in order to overtake his brother he has to do something very big. He is aware that if he convinces his father that Edgar, is about to eliminate him then that would lead to his father disowning his other and thus taking him as the heir. By delivering this soliloquy, he is trying to master courage to meet his father confidently and convince himself that there is a chance of him making it. He even says, “Now, gods, stand up for bastards (ibid 14)” as he tries to call for divine intervention in his mission. I like this quote because of the fact that Edmund knows that what he is doing is not right but still goes ahead and asks the gods to help him. The other reason for him calling for the help of the gods is that he knows for sure that no one is on his side.