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'The Redemption of King Lear'


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The title of this paper is a quotation from A. C. Bradley's lecture on King Lear: "Should we," he asked, call "this poem The Redemption of King Lear?"1 Bradley was not alone in detecting an underlying thread of Christian imagery in a play which Shakespeare, working largely from a Christian version of the old story, seemed resolute to express in overtly pagan terms. J. C. Maxwell wrote: "King Lear is a Christian play about a pagan world."2

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