Edmund The Bastard, a very interesting character in Shakespeare's King Lear. He is a classic Shakespeare villain, a close relation to a central character, plots to kill and deceive in order to obtain land and money, show the world that bastard born children are equally smart, skilled, and natural as normal people....wait what? Yes Edmund is a villain looking to gain money and land, these are his motives. Hidden away is a more important motive for Edmund's villainous actions, Edmund actually wants to do something good. He is standing up for children who aren't born out of wed-lock. “Now, gods, stand up for bastards,” (1.2.22.) Edmund seems to be wanting to show the world that he is capable and equal to regular children born under marriage. Edmund really wants love and respect from his peers, not distaste for his entrance into the world. I think this is very interesting because Edmund is doing some bad things, but he wants to do something good for people like him.