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Everyone would agree that the play King Lear is a tragedy Many of the good guys die as well as the bad guys which makes the play a pitiable one However many would wonder is this justified Is the ending of the play fair for the characters involved I believe that there is some justice in King Lear but there are also injustices done to the more innocent characters It is undeniable that Goneril and Regans death gives audience a rush of satisfaction as they grow more cruel and beastly as the play progresses The fact that Shakespeare did not dwell too long on their demise is an insult to them because it symbolizes that their deaths meant nothing to us and it is not necessary to spend too much time on the fact Goneril and Regans ending was not at all tragic but seen more as justice finally was served and no emotions were spared on them at all Even Albany Gonerils husband appeared nonchalant about his wifes death Cover their faces v 3 290 That line was all he said after he was informed of their demise and it seemed cold which served the two sisters right for their behavior to the other characters It was just to have Goneril and Regans lives ended that way A scene where there was great injustice done was when Edmund betrayed Gloucester to Cornwall and Regan This reward and punishment scheme is illogical and crude Edmund receives a reward for betraying his blood father to the enemies whilst Gloucester was being loyal by informing King Lear of the arrival of Cordelia This courtesy forbid thee shall the Duke Instantly know and of that letter too This seems a fair deserving and must draw me That which my father loses iii 4 21-24 Gloucesters punishment for performing this generous deed for the king was to have his eyes plucked out In the norm of our world
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