The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2061 Tuesday, 23 November 1999.
Date: Monday, 22 Nov 1999 11:45:26 -0600
Subject: 10.2040 War & Lechery
Comment: Re: SHK 10.2040 War & Lechery
My guess is that Gloucester in King Lear can be taken as promiscuous.
The way that he speaks about his bastard's begetting has always struck
me as the bluff false shame of a man who prides himself on a varied
sexual life. Of course, he pays for his sport with his
psychoanalytically interesting eyeballs. But his sexuality also strikes
me as preferable to that of his son, who exploits the sisters through
I've just graded a bunch of papers for my Renaissance class. None, or
very few, of my students would call Angelo a "victim" at the end of MfM
and several are aggrieved about his fate. While he is deceived, he gets
an apparently first-rate wife out of the deal. If this is victimization,
they're all for it. Why use that word?