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Mistakes and undesirable consequences lead humans into redemption and the rejuvenation of the soul the cleansing of the spirit comes after a period of misery and pain In his play King Lear William Shakespeare creates a story of spiritual blindness sin and penalties Each character including Albany Edmund Gloucester and King Lear suffer from spiritual loss of sight and obtain the intuition to follow the cycle of sin redemption and regeneration A spiritual veil covers the eyes of Albany Edmund Gloucester and King Lear but as the consequences of spiritual blindness occur each character wants for salvation The various tragedies of life that the characters are subjected to over and over again in Lear are probably the effect of higher divinity or power shaping the fate of human action and misfortune Albanys need for salvation occurs either early in the play or in the final scene for Shakespeare leaves the time at which Albany repents ambiguous In act three Albany despises the acts of Goneril Reagan and Cornwall and damns the villains for proceedings of unspeakable inhumanity but Albany allows the horrible events to take place in contrast during the final scene Albany begins to show compassion towards the once neglected characters of Edgar Kent and Lear At the time of his salvation Albany makes a show of redemption by asking for forgiveness in front of nobility Everett 127 Albany suffers the least severe consequences and ultimately survives the battle while Edmund Gloucester and Lear succumb to death after redemption Unlike Edmund Albanys cycle of sin and redemption ends not in fatality In contrast to Albany Edmund waits until the final moment to make amends With his final minutes Edmund tries to prevent Cordelia and King Lears condemnation to death Fearfully Edmund speaks I pant for life some good I mean to do Despite of mine own nature Viii 242-243 Edmunds act of repentance only comforts his soul momentarily before surrendering to
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