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Poor TomLiving "King Lear"$
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Simon Palfrey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226150642

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226150789.001.0001

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Interlude Jacob and Esau

Interlude Jacob and Esau

(p.225) 25 Interlude Jacob and Esau
Poor Tom

Simon Palfrey

University of Chicago Press

This section considers the biblical tale of Isaac’s sons, Jacob and Esau, as a model for Edgar and Edmond. Shakespeare does not make each brother correspond to a single figure, but rather swaps and merges the two, so that both Edgar and Edmond draw upon both Jacob and Esau. Again, the principle is one of surrogacy, and permeable identities.

Keywords:   Jacob, Esau, biblical sources, surrogacy, brothers

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