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Distinguishing Goneril from Regan
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0296  Thursday, 19 April 2007

From: 		L. Swilley <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 08:35:05 -0500
Subject: 	Distinguishing Goneril from Regan

The characters Goneril and Regan seem so alike.  That there are two on 
the "Lear" side to match the one Edmund on the "Gloucester" side seems 
to be justified only by the need for the Cornwall-Albany conflict to 
carry the idea of disorder resulting from Lear's foolish division of a 
unified country. How are these characters otherwise to be distinguished?

     L. Swilley

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