Goneril and Regan

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  • Goneril and Regan
    • Unfeminine lust towards Edmund
      • "The open female mouth signifies sexual incontinence" Lisa Jardine
        • Both speak over exaggerated words
          • Goneril and Regan
            • Unfeminine lust towards Edmund
              • "The open female mouth signifies sexual incontinence" Lisa Jardine
                • Both speak over exaggerated words
                  • Goneril: "breath poor and speech unable" 162 Regan: "Myself an enemy to all other joys" 163
                • Women that spoke against their husbands were named 'shrews' and publicly humiliated
            • Masculine
              • Regan does a man's job by killing servant
                • "Give me thy sword" pg 301
            • Their assertiveness would shock Elizabethan audience - they subvert feminine qualities (Unnatural)
              • They refuse to follow the Chain of Being
                • "Women are commanded to be subject to men by the laws of nature" John Knox
            • Vicious behaviour shown through animal imagery
              • Goneril: "sharp toothed" "vulture" "wolvish visage" "detested kite"
              • Regan: "serpent"
                • Likening her to Satan - lowest form of evil in Christianity
              • "tigers, not daughters" "pelican daughters"
              • "Goneril and Regan are clearly presented as demons, monsters, anything but human." Benjamin Rubio
            • "Goneril's selfish quest for power" Martin Old
              • "We must do something, and i'the heat"
            • "Shakespeare gradually turns Regan... into a sexual sadist" Martin Old
              • She enjoys Gloucester's torture - "th'other too"
          • Goneril: "breath poor and speech unable" 162 Regan: "Myself an enemy to all other joys" 163
        • Women that spoke against their husbands were named 'shrews' and publicly humiliated
    • Masculine
      • Regan does a man's job by killing servant
        • "Give me thy sword" pg 301
    • Their assertiveness would shock Elizabethan audience - they subvert feminine qualities (Unnatural)
      • They refuse to follow the Chain of Being
        • "Women are commanded to be subject to men by the laws of nature" John Knox
    • Vicious behaviour shown through animal imagery
      • Goneril: "sharp toothed" "vulture" "wolvish visage" "detested kite"
      • Regan: "serpent"
        • Likening her to Satan - lowest form of evil in Christianity
      • "tigers, not daughters" "pelican daughters"
      • "Goneril and Regan are clearly presented as demons, monsters, anything but human." Benjamin Rubio
    • "Goneril's selfish quest for power" Martin Old
      • "We must do something, and i'the heat"
    • "Shakespeare gradually turns Regan... into a sexual sadist" Martin Old
      • She enjoys Gloucester's torture - "th'other too"

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