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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?
Adultery is less contemptible than forsaking one’s father; all crimes now pale in comparison to what Lear has experienced.
The children of adulterers are sometimes more virtuous than the children of wedded parents.
The natural world – which man ought to model himself upon – is full of examples of adultery.
Adultery is an inherently natural act.
Permitting adultery will cause further demoralization of the kingdom, which is how Lear plans to revenge himself on Goneril and Regan.