Redemption Scene In Edgar Lear
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 with this kingdom or the power that comes with it. He is not displayed as the type of character who is very powerful and has the capability to rule the kingdom on his own. Consequently, he should not be given the last line of the play because the last line of a play, regardless of what the line is, is one of the most powerful lines a play can possess. Similar to the common phrase about the more powerful person needing to ‘have the last word’, in plays the character that holds the power at the end of the play is supposed to have the last word because it not only shows their authority within the play, it also shows moral supremacy over the …show more content…
More than that, Edgar should speak the last lines of the play because he is the most dynamic character, he is the only character that receives full redemption and survives, he is the character that represents hope to the audience and he will be the new king so he is also the character who now has the most power at the end of the play. Without Edgar’s presence, the play would be a puzzle missing several irreplaceable pieces. Without Albany’s presence, the play would still be able to function, it would just lack areas of martial drama and a final heir to hand the kingdom to Edgar, but these actions could be absorbed and altered for other characters.
In conclusion, the evidence surrounding the origin of the two versions of King Lear support the claim that the Quarto version is more correct than the Folio version in representing Shakespeare’s intentions and original text.
The Q version has much stronger evidence that suggest it is close to the original version of King Lear written by