In King Lear, Edmund, resentful of his inferior status to his older brother, betrays his family and frames his brother as a traitor. This strikes me as not being at all unlike what Edmund does in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Is there any evidence of an inspiration, or is the resemblance purely coincidental?

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    The Guardian claims so, but without sources or evidence.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 3 '19 at 18:27
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    @Randal'Thor Interesting... so, I may not be completely crazy here. I wish that they provided more evidence or sources for that, though. Jul 3 '19 at 18:31
  • I just re-read and was thinking this also! His suffering in the book reminds me of Edgar, and Edgar/Edmund, half-brothers, were clearly meant to be flip sides of the same coin. (I doubt it's coincidental, since Lewis was extremely literate, and the best authors tend not to name characters randomly.) But I'm not enough of a Lewis scholar to know if he wrote or spoke about the parallel.
    – DukeZhou
    Jul 3 '19 at 20:29

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