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Of the two opposing views presented by many critics concerning Lears temperament at death Joyful or angry and blind neither of them fully embraces the situations complexity When Lear dies it is angrily and blindly as well as joyfully both in tandem At the end of the play King Lear similarly to Gloucester although his situation is more complex dies betwixt two alternating extremes of passion joy and grief As for the blindness it is difficult to say as I will elaborate on further onThe joy centers around two issues The first is Lears reconciliation and achieving of atonement with his good and loving daughter Cordelia whom he unjustly wronged previously in the play She has forgiven him entirely and this sets his heart partially at rest Secondly he also partially redeems himself and his faults as he has learned through betrayal and hardship a great deal about his own nature others natures as well as the hierarchical nature About his own nature he learns that he is not always right and is headstrong About the nature of others he has also learned a great deal he understands that love cannot be measured by superficial praise as he discovered with Goneril and Regan oftentimes the one who says what you need to hear not what you want is true to you this is the case for both Cordelia and Kent About the nature of hierarchy Lear has understood that he was wrong in assuming that he would be able to maintain the powers and train of a king while not upholding the responsibilities Lear has also learned humility from his experiences throughout the play At the end of the play he has a much better understanding as to many aspects of the past he can now release the resentment that he felt at some point for each daughter as he is partially liable for the entire situation The combined anger and grief that Lear carries
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