Essay heading: King Lear

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In a typically Christian or hopeful ending, King Lear would learn to listen to the caring friends he has, and become less selfish. Shakespeare, however, chooses not to end it so predictably or simply. Even after all of Lear’s suffering and repenting, he continues to receive punishment. Cordelia, who he has now realized truly loved him most, is killed...
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Cordelia, who he has now realized truly loved him most, is killed. Lear is left feeling hopeless, saying, “I know when one is dead, and when one lives. She’s dead as earth,” which seems slightly to refer to his now cynical view of the earth. In the end, all of Lear’s suffering can be traced back to his first and biggest mistake in the play...
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