Analysis Of William Shakespeare 's ' The End ' Essay

994 Words Apr 26th, 2016 4 Pages
From the beginning of the play to the end, Edgar evolves from being the innocent, naïve brother whom Edmund deceives to being the powerful, confident man who kills Edmund and ends the horrors he has helped release on the land. This battle between brothers is Edgar’s redemption scene where he finally gets justice by killing the man who caused him so much suffering. Albany does not have a scene anything like this scene between Edgar and Edmund. Not only does he have nothing substantial to revenge, but he does not have any kind of battle or display of strength with anyone. Even when he is given proof that his wife is pining for Edmund, he does not take action. Albany may be a decent man, but he is not the savior of the play. Edgar clearly contributes more to the play than Albany and is the force that stops Edmund and leads to the resolution. The last events of the final scene clearly support the idea that Edgar should speak the final lines of the play. In the final moments of the play, Albany tells Kent and Edgar they can have the kingdom and rule it together because he wants no part of it. Kent refuses stating that he will soon rejoin his master, Lear, in death. So, Lear’s only living heir, Albany (by marriage), literally gives the power over the land to Edgar and figuratively gives the power over the play to him as well. He tells Kent and Edgar, “Friends of my soul, you twain. Rule in this realm, and the gored state sustain.” (Weis 338-339). He clearly wants nothing to do…

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