In King Lear, Act 1 Scene 2, Edmond frequently uses the word 'base' in his rant about how Edgar will be the next heir and not him simply because of his illegitimacy.
What does base mean? Trying to write about the significance of it
'Why brand they with us with ‘base’? With ‘baseness’? ‘*******y’? ‘base, base?’
What does 'base' mean in shakespearian language? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 12-12-2010 17:04
- 14-12-2010 02:36
Low down in the social scale.
- 14-12-2010 02:38
Unsophisticated, low-born. The latter is probably the meaning employed in the cited text.Last edited by Einheri; 14-12-2010 at 02:39.