In Edward II, is Edward more pathetic than tragic?
The play portrays Edward very much as a weak, lax, self-indulgent king interested only in the pursuit of pleasure with his beloved Galveston, wholly neglecting affairs of governance. Not surprisingly this provokes his subjects; power-struggles ensue, and he is deposed and eventually killed. Throughout, he appears petulant, stubborn, unreasonable, and quite unfit to be a ruling monarch.
It is true that at times he does show something of a different nature, for...
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