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JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. For the best experience on our site, be sure to turn on Javascript in your browser. Click the character infographic to download. The big thing to know about Edmund is that, as Shakespeare repeatedly says, he's "a bastard. Not only was he born out of wedlock, but he also acts like a jerk from the beginning of the play to the end. He's one of the first characters we meet, and his father Gloucester goes out of his way to let us know that Edmund is his illegitimate son. Imagine yourself at a party and your dad says: "Oh, here's my son, his mom was a hooker, but we had fun together, so here he is. Would it make you want to get even? How about if it happened again and again and again? The play makes it pretty clear that this is a standard conversation for Edmund and his dad.
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Earl of Gloucester. But I have, sir, a son by order of law, some year elder than this, who yet is no dearer in my account. Though this knave came something saucily into the world before he was sent for, yet was his mother fair, there was good sport at his making, and the whoreson must be acknowledged. My Lord of Kent. Remember him hereafter as my honourable friend. Earl of Kent. I must love you, and sue to know you better. Enter [Edmund the] Bastard solus, [with a letter]. Thou, Nature, art my goddess; to thy law My services are bound. Wherefore should I Stand in the plague of custom, and permit The curiosity of nations to deprive me, For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines Lag of a brother?

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There are many well-known quotes in King Lear - here we've listed a few of them, in order of appearance in the play. Cordelia: Nothing. Lear: Nothing can come of nothing, speak again.

Act 1 Scene 1 Now, gods, stand up for bastards! Edmund, Act 1 Scene 2 How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child! Lear, Act 1 Scene 4 Thou shouldst not have been old till thou hadst been wise. Fool, Act, 1 Scene 5. Blow winds and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow, You cataracts and hurricanoes.

Lear, Act 3 Scene 2 I am a man More sinned against than sinning. Lear, Act 3 Scene 2 As flies to wanton boys are we to th' gods: They kill us for their sport.

Gloucester, Act 4 Scene 1 So distribution should undo excess, And each man have enough. Lear, Act 4 Scene 5 Get thee glass eyes, And like a scurvy politician seem To see the things thou dost not. Lear, Act 4 Scene 5 When we are born, we cry that we are come To this great stage of fools. Lear, Act 4 Scene 5 Men must endure Their going hence, even as their coming hither. Lear, Act 5 Scene 3 Why should a dog, a horse, a rat have life, And thou no breath at all?

Lear, Act 5 Scene 3 We that are young Shall never see so much, nor live so long. Edgar, Act 5 Scene 3. Philip Winchester as Edmund. Fool, Act, 1 Scene 5 Blow winds and crack your cheeks! You are in: About Shakespeare. Also in this section Also in this section Key moments and facts Dates and sources. You might also like. The Plot. Watch the video. Read More. We use cookies on this website. By using this site you agree that we may store and access cookies on your device.

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