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By the time Lear departs from this mortal coil, he's pretty much given up the ghost. Long before his physical death, his spirit was gradually worn down due to the series of tragic events set in train by his foolish decision to divide his kingdom among his daughters. It was always just a matter of time before Lear finally lost the will to live; the only question was when. The tragic death of Cordelia, the only one of his daughters who really loved him, has pushed him over the edge. The specific manner of Lear's death is not given to us, but it seems fair to assume that he's so overcome with grief at the loss of Cordelia that his aging body has completely shut down.

Lear dies as he contemplates the body of Cordelia, who has just been brought into the room. He says:

Do you see this? Look on her. Look, her lips.
Look there, look there. O, O, O, O.

He doesn't want to accept that Cordelia is dead. In one version of the play, he dies thinking she is still alive; in another, he recognizes that she...

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