Purpose of Death in King Lear

Literature / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
A look at how death in this play can alleviate the audience of the pain that the evil characters inflict on innocent ones through catharsis and confuse and raise questions in the audience’s minds making them wonder why the character died.

`Death is the quintessential element for evoking thoughts, feelings and raising questions about Shakespeare’s profound play, King Lear. It can alleviate the audience of the pain that the evil characters inflict on innocent ones though catharsis; it can confuse and raise questions in the audience’s minds making them wonder why the character died; it can conclude one’s life: a natural, benign death. Death is not just a tool for killing off characters, rather it shows us about the lives of characters and how the audience perceived those lives. Shakespeare wanted the audience to leave the play having them questioning themselves and their moral beliefs. `


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