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Title: Gloucester Subplot in King Lear.

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Subject: Shakespeare
Author: Josh Green
Date: June 30, 2009
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I have so often blushed to acknowledge him now that I am brazed to’t.” The phrase “His breeding…hath been at my charge” suggests an un-fatherly approach by Gloucester to Edmund; Gloucester is faulting himself for Edmund’s creation, almost suggesting Edmund is a mistake, or unwanted, which we know he is (as his father points out during this first exchange, saying Edmund is a “whoreson” who “came something saucily to the world”...

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Already we can understand Edmund’s anger at his father, and his desire to make something of himself is not shocking to the audience. We again see this subplot in Act 1 Scene 2, when Edmund writes a letter, claiming it from Edgar, which Gloucester enquires about...

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