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The Tragic Redemption of King Lear Shakespeare's supreme Tragedy, '' King Lear, is indeed a dim and soul-harrowing play. The tragic insanity of King Lear, and also of the subsequent turmoil that follows from it, is even more dreadful for the king's inability to cope with the lack of his head, his family, and his own pride. This descent into horror culminates at the horrible end, at which both the innocent along with the guilty die for other's errors and lack of judgment. And yet, as bleak and grim as the last spectacle is, all isn't lost is misery. Many have died, and the ones that stay - the new creation - think that "The oldest hath borne most; we who are young/Shall never see too much, nor live as long." (V.iii.326), even understanding that a wonderful age has passed, and that they must now pick up the bits and attempt to continue on. However, among the death and despair, their have been strong cases of transformation and change. Though the end of King Lear is, really, gloomy and nasty, and King Lear himself dies unhappy and in agony, their nonetheless remains a message of hope; among all the death, there are clear signals of redemption. This redemption is integral to the story of King Lear, although Lear isn't the only individual to undergo this procedure. Really, lots of the chief personalities, from Edmund to Gloucester into Cordelia are transformed ultimately; it's the tragedy of the play that they don't survive their redemption. However, to know their change, it is necessary to know from whence they came, and what caused them, what compelled them, to submit to this painful and bitter procedure. The impetus isalso, needless to say, the gradually escalating madness of this king. An individual can not clearly say that King...