Sympathy For King Lear's Redemption

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The audience sympathise with King Lear’s redemption. Throughout the play, he gets a chance at redemption to make up for his mistake of having “thy truth being the dower:” for his daughter. He realises the folly of his actions and redeems himself stating “I am a very foolish fond old man”. This demonstrates King Lear's change in character as he learns that he is not as powerful as thinks he was and starts to become more humble. There is a lure of sympathy for King Lear because a story of redemption inspires people and catches their imagination, that anything is possible. Shakespeare changes King Lear to make him sympathetic because he undergoes a huge struggle and is emotionally varied. This makes him seem more human and not just a character.

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