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Lear’s Pardon of the “Adulterer”: Act 4, Scene 6

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In Act 4, Scene 6, Lear pardons a hypothetical adulterer in a moment that recalls the fictional court scene of Act 3, Scene 6. What is the primary justification Lear gives for his pardon?

A

Adultery is less contemptible than forsaking one’s father; all crimes now pale in comparison to what Lear has experienced.

B

The children of adulterers are sometimes more virtuous than the children of wedded parents.

C

The natural world – which man ought to model himself upon – is full of examples of adultery.

D

Adultery is an inherently natural act.

E

Permitting adultery will cause further demoralization of the kingdom, which is how Lear plans to revenge himself on Goneril and Regan.