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...end of his life, as it should be for all of us, to pray, to sing, to tell tales, to laugh, to be above the battle of life. Similarity, Gloucester, when confronted by the evils of Regan and Cornwall, finds hope in his hopeless situation by acceptance (Cantor). Even promising to “see / winged vengeance overtake such children” (Shakespeare III. vii. 68-69), Gloucester looks forward to revenge and maintains a sense of self, thus remaining hopeful. Even Edmund, after a lifetime of seized opportunities and evil intentions, surrenders in acceptance of the death that awaits him, in stating “Tis past and so I am” (Shakespeare V. iii. 167). The bitter illegitimate son had abandoned his evil acts in the face of death and, perhaps most shockingly, send a reprieve for Lear and Cordelia. Shakespeare means to say that death is not always seized. Normally, death is simply accepted.
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