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|Edmund's soliloquy on bastardy which|
also introduces his ambivalence
The variety of sources used in the Slack conversation of our class has made me think more about using other sources that are not necessarily academic, such as film adaptations or playlists or Internet image boards. This abundance of source material makes me want to explore the visual representations of Edmund and how film or artistic adaptations have commented on his sexuality. It would be especially interesting to try discussing this topic with both people who have read "King Lear" and people who are not familiar with the play to see what they think.
That all being said, here are some possible thesis statements:
[policy claim] The character of Edmund in King Lear should be read as an asexual character in order to understand his ambivalence towards his bastardy and link the play to general Elizabethan commentary on illegitimacy.
[definition claim] Edmund of Gloucester is an asexual character in that he shares similarities to other asexual, power hungry characters in other Shakespeare plays.
[comparison claim] The conniving bastard Edmund in King Lear is similar to Lady Macbeth from Macbeth in his complete repression of his sexual drives in order to efficiently pursue power at the expense of other, less inhibited characters.
[evaluation claim] Edmund is a more complex character than the sisters in that he does not seem to be weakened by strong sex drives and he redeems himself before his death.
[causal claim] Because of his lack of apparent heteronormative sexuality, Edmund has been depicted in modern adaptations as more effeminate or even homosexual, thereby giving an interesting LGBTQ dimension to the Shakespeare play.