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What is the significance of old age and death in king lear?

What is the significance of old age and death in king lear?

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  1. Old age and death are described as inescapable in King Lear. Any man who lives long enough has  to ‘crawl towards his end’. These are the words of King Lear and they do come true for him as he is stripped of his powers and is forced to wander into wilderness before death brings him final reverie.

    Age does not favour any man, be it a king or a pauper. This is highlighted in the fate of King Lear and Gloucester who suffer many an ignominy and humiliation as they trudge towards their end.

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