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Edgar asserts that we ought to choose honesty over propriety and implies that one should respect his or her elders in addition to fulfilling the responsibilities put on you by circumstance.
The question that helped me focus my working claims was:
How does "King Lear" serve as a critique of patrilineal monarchy?
[Evaluation Claim] While familial loyalty is typically valued over loyalty to friends and servants, the loyalty involved in service and friendship is actually stronger than familial ties because it is inherently optional.[Causal Claim] Making Edmund both the bastard and the villain of "King Lear" does not discredit Shakespeare's questioning of patrilineal authority, but rather strengthens it by making his motives arguably justifiable.