The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2238 Monday, 11 November 2002
Date: Friday, 08 Nov 2002 10:53:37 -0500
Subject: Edmund and Edgar
I was making the point in class yesterday that as he manipulates the
good-hearted and trusting Edgar, Edmund acts like an older brother
telling his younger what best to do, but, as my students quickly pointed
out, Edmund is younger than Edgar. My students also asked if the
illegitimate Edmund, were his dad to own him, still be out of an
inheritance because of primogeniture (well, they didn't use that word,
but they might have). In other words, does Edmund have two strikes
against him? And why does he act like an older brother?
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