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Edmund sends Lear and Cordelia off with secret-joint orders from him representing Regan and her forces and Goneril representing the forces of her estranged husband, Albany for the execution of Cordelia.

At Regan's instigation, Albany joins his forces with hers against the French.

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According to Kahn, Lear's old age forces him to regress into an infantile disposition, and he now seeks a love that is traditionally satisfied by a mothering woman, but in the absence of a real mother, his daughters become the mother figures. Regan and Goneril ready their troops to fight and they head to Dover.

Finally, Albany in the quarto version or Edgar in the folio version implies that he will now become king. The armies meet in battle, the British defeat the French, and Lear and Cordelia are captured.

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As they are doing this, a servant is overcome with rage by what he is witnessing and attacks Cornwall, mortally wounding him. As the play progresses the outcome of conspiracy appears to cohere with typical Greek tragedy, whereby the heroic character within the play will undergo a transition either from their nadir to their zenith or from their zenith to their nadir. John Lennon happened upon the play on the BBC Third Programme while fiddling with the radio while working on the song. Despite much critique, the ending of King Lear is an effective portrayal of realism. Meanwhile, Kent has heard the news of Cordelia's return, and sets off with Lear hoping that father and daughter can be reunited. It is human greed that is behind the event, suggesting that human beings are as cruel as any gods above. Importantly though virtue survives - even claiming the lost soul of Edmund who finally means to do good despite his own nature. From him that weareth purple, and beareth the crown down to him that is clad with meanest apparel, there is nothing but garboil, and ruffle, and hoisting, and lingering wrath, and fear of death and death itself, and hunger, and many a whip of God. Holinshed himself found the story in the earlier Historia Regum Britanniae by Geoffrey of Monmouth , which was written in the 12th century. Though Shakespeare coincides with the conventions of Aristotelian tragedy, the moral characters left in the play, are two of weak importance. Lear begins to understand the purpose of kingship after his crown had been taken from him. He has land and position which give him economic and political power. Even when Lear and Cordelia are captured together, his madness persists as Lear envisions a nursery in prison, where Cordelia's sole existence is for him. It is not right to assert the kind of man Edmund would erect to this supremacy. Kent later follows to protect him.

He disinherits Edgar and proclaims him an outlaw. It is hardly surprising with this philosophical mindset that Gloucester is driven towards suicide. Iago is free to reinvent himself every minute, yet Iago has strong passions, however negative.

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His personal attributes suggest that there is something of greatness and humanity in him. This is typical of Greek tragedy. Goneril arrives and supports Regan's argument against him. The tragic hero of the story is King Lear. It is also, of course, valid to read the play from a Christian standpoint. Edmund suggests that he determines his own fortune and that belief in planetary influence is an 'excellent foppery of the world' while Kent is more fatalistic believing that the stars above govern our condition. At Regan's instigation, Albany joins his forces with hers against the French. Goneril and Regan dismiss their father as a person in power and their treatment of him is far worse than he deserves. Beneath his high class physicality, Lear struggles to maintain his confidence within himself because he depends on the constant admiration from others to feel content with who he is. Gloucester's pride, moral weaknesses and misjudgement of his two sons, leaves him vulnerable to the schemes of Edmund, his illegitimate son, whose desire to overturn custom, have his father's recognition, title and lands is laid out in his antagonistic soliloquy where he states 'Well then legitimate Edgar, I must have your land'. As Lear expresses it, the central core of his religion lies in the idea of earthly justice Moreover, as Lear enters the stage with the corpse of his recently deceased daughter, the tragedy comes to a climax. Although all the wicked die, so do Lear, Gloucester, the Fool and Cordelia, whose death in particular makes no sense.

At the same time, however, both authors recognize the fact that blindness to this knowledge of the human condition is a basic mortal trait. This resource is part of the Aspects of tragedy' resource package. They are the villains, the pelican daughters, whose betrayal causes Lear's suffering, madness and ultimately his death.

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The Tragedy of King Lear ()