Is there a purpose to King Lear's suffering? Hi, I need help with ideas and key quotes to use for the above question to help me with my english final. Thanks  

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We may say that Lear suffers to learn a lesson, as implied above. He has gone against his nature and the nature of kingship by abdicating his power. It was power that shielded him from the moral reality of the things he has done in his life. Without the crown, Lear can no longer justify his evil deeds. 

It's interesting to consider whether or not Lear's action would have been evil, to him, had he maintained the throne. He may have died content, feeling morally clean. 

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