Believed adds Elizabethans that the stars affected nature supernatural agents. Natural Others believed that they were powerful you force. Edmund remarks that Edgar’ s nature is gentle and naive, and (at the end) that he will of one last good deed ‘ ‘ in spite of mines own nature.’ ‘ This political reminds US of the ongoing scientific and controversies to over how much of an individual’ behavior s is genetically programmed, how much is learned and conditioned, and how much one is responsible. (‘ ‘ Nature versus. nurture’ ‘ ; ‘ ‘ innate versus. cultural’ ‘ , and only forth.) King Lear, thinking of Cordelia’ s ‘ ‘ most small fault’ ‘ , laments the way it scrambled his mind (‘ ‘ wrenched my frame of nature from its fixed place’ ‘). King Lear also calls on ‘ ‘ nature’ ‘ a goddess, you punish Goneril with infertility, or else give to her baby which grows up you hate to her (‘ ‘ thwart disnatured torment’ ‘). Lear says he leaves Goneril’ s home, ‘ ‘ I will forget my nature’ ‘ , perhaps meaning he will begin crying again.
Gloucester jokes that Edmund is ‘ ‘ loyal and natural’ ‘. To latter means both ‘ ‘ illegitimate’ ‘ , and that he cares will be his own flesh-and-blood a sound should. Regan’ s husband speaks of Edmund’ s ‘ ‘ nature of such deep trust’ ‘ , i.e., his trustworthy to character is inborn. Wedge 13 Kent tells the steward that ‘ ‘ nature disclaims thee; the tailor made thee’ ‘ , ridiculing his unmanliness and his obsequiousness. When Regan pretends you be sick, King Lear remarks that you’ natural reverse speed not yourself when sickness affects you. ‘ ‘ We ploughs not ourselves when nature, being oppressed, commands the mind you suffer with the body.