7. Edgar wins the fight against his brother Edmund. 8. Goneril states that she makes the laws so no one can punish her for breaking them. 9. Edgar feels that the universe is finally being righted, and returned to natural order. The wheel that Edmund refers to is the wheel of fortune, which echoes Lears talks about divine justice. Lears views differ as he believes natural order is non existent. 10. Gloucester had a heart attack and passed away. Edmund almost commits a good deed in lines 199-201. 11. Edgar describes himself as Tom O’Bedlam. He is now wearing armour and in the
physical shape of Edgar 12. Goneril and Regan have both died, Regan from poisoning and Goneril from suicide. Edmund jokes about how he was engaged to both of them and now all three are married in death. Albany states that their deaths are not mourned. 13. Kent reminds everyone of Lear and Cordelia who were nearly forgotten. Edmund informs them of his plans to have them killed, and he does so because he wants to change and do some good despite his evil nature. 14. Albany’s prayer is that Cordelia is saved. His prayer is not answered. 15. When Lear enters with Cordelia’s body he is howling uncontrollably. Shakespeare may have changed this ending to make the play a true tragedy. 16. Lear is in a delusional state, where he is hallucinating seeing Cordelia moving, almost trying to trick himself into believing that she is alive. He alternates between knowing she is dead and not because he does not want to accept it. Lear murdered the hangman for revenge. 17. The effect of this ending makes it a true tragedy; true order is not restored. The play is not supposed to end this way, as usual plays would finish with Lear being victorious and ruling the country with Cordelia at his side. This goes to say that divine justice is not in effect as the bad nature in the play heavily outweighs the good. 18. Edmund dies. Kent’s reunion with Lear is unsuccessful as Lear is unable to understand who he is and who he was disguised as. 19. Albany attempts to end the play by giving power over to Edgar and Kent, hoping they were to rule England, After his speech Kent states that he cannot do this, as Lear dies and he must follow his master. Kent is going to kill himself to join Lear and Cordelia. 20. Kent is reffering to his own heart. He is heartbroken at Lear dying, and also wants his heart to literally break, as he wants to die. 21. Kent instructs the other not to disturb his soul, and to allow him to die in piece. Lear has been tortured for so long, Kent just wants to give him piece of mind and relief
from this life of suffering that he has endured. The effect of the pun is that it hints at Lears daughters torturing him throughout his life. England has suffered a huge wracke throughout this novel, as the kingdom is destroyed. 22. Kent responds to Albany’s attempt at making him a ruler by saying he cannot, it is his duty to follow Lear into the afterlife. Kent sees himself in heaven with Lear. 23. Edgar is saying that honesty is the key to avoiding tragedy. All evil sparked in this play from speaking not what they feel but what should be heard. It adds to our confusion because usually the highest ranking person in the play delivers the final lines. Edgar may be saying this because he is to be ruler, making him the highest ranked person in the play.
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