Spiritual Regeneration in Tragedy
The harrowing experiences of the tragic hero lead him to a spiritual rebirth. This is a direct consequence of his suffering. This is true of Oedipus. Paradoxically enough, he is more genuinely a king once he is the blind and lonely outcast. It is even more true of King Lear. He gains immeasurably in stature and dignity, when his suffering has made him gentle, compassionate and wise. Indeed, the last two Acts of the play deal not with his downfall but with his spiritual degeneration. His death, when it comes, comes as a merciful release.
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