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King Lear

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Lear’s Imagined Prison: Act 5, Scene 3

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Lear’s description of the life he imagines he and Cordelia will experience in prison is BEST understood as

A

an intimation that Lear knows that he and Cordelia will die.

B

a representation of Lear’s conjectures about the afterlife.

C

a depiction of what life was like in Lear’s Britain before he divided the kingdom between Goneril and Regan.

D

an extension of the denial of reality that has characterized Lear throughout the play.

E

an extension of the contrition that has characterized Lear throughout the play.