Shakespeare Final Questions

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Shakespeare Final Questions 12/12/2007 14:32:00 HUMN 1010, Literature Component Why does Edgar bring Gloucester to the “cliffs” of Dover, and convince him that  he has fallen into the abyss?  It is evident that Edgar wants his father to live. He wants to put an end to  Gloucester’s anguish and strives to find a virtuous and favorable solution to  the affairs of the tragedy. When Edgar allows Gloucester to believe he is  committing suicide, he is concurrently  influencing Gloucester’s  comprehension of divine will. o “Therefore, thou happy father, think that the clearest gods, who make  them honors of men’s impossibilities, have preserved thee.” (Act IV,  scene vi, lines 73-75).  With these words, Edgar puts a halt to Gloucester’s suicidal thoughts and  directs him into a reawakening. Edgar tells Gloucester to “bear free and  patient thoughts” (IV, vi, 80) because he has been given a second chance  at life and he should no longer take it for granted.  What’s the point, both literally and symbolically, of this grand performance?   Symbolically, Edmund is like Satan sending his father into the abyss and 
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