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Title: "There's The Sulphrous Pit": Female Sexuality In King Lear

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Subject: English
Author: Hoa C
Date: April 30, 2011
Level: University
Grade: B
Length: 4 / 1061
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Gloucester goes on to say that there was “good sport,” at Edmund’s conception, and goes on to call him a “whoreson,” (Shakespeare, 1110), thus indicating that Edmund’s conception was fun for him, but bad for Edmund’s mother. It is worth mentioning here that neither Gloucester’s wife, or lover are ever mentioned again, and Lear’s wife is not in the play at all...

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In fact all of the noblewomen who might temper their respective husband’s anger are killed off before the play begins. The later parts of this scene reinforce the misogynistic views established earlier. When Lear calls Cordelia’s suitors before him and tells Burgundy “her price is fallen,” Burgundy refuses to take her as a wife, wanting Lear to, “Give but that portion which yourself proposed,” (Shakespeare, 1114)...

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