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An imitation of an action that is serious complete and has sufficient size in a language that is made sweetexciting pity and fear bringing about a catharsis of such emotions is now Aristotle defined tragedy trans Gudeman Basic Greek tragedies like Sophocles Antigone have transformed through the centuries Shakespeares King Lear displays a blatant evolution of character theme and plot structure This in turn caused a revolution in the genre providing a new audience with new interests and economic stature More complex standards were set for tragedies to come In Antigone Sophocles created a story lacking complexity for the most part This left the audience to simply experience the play and not have to do much contemplation along the way There was no sub-plot in Antigone which also aids in the simplicity of this piece This provides a basic example of works from this time period King Lear has a more intricate plot than that of Antigone The main plotline of the story involves a king named Lear who banished his daughter Cordelia Lear also has two other daughters Regan and Goneril who have split his former kingdom Their marriages to Cornwall and Albany diverge into their own subplot if you will but they become somewhat entangled when Regan and Goneril fall in love with Edmund Lord Gloucesters illegitimate son Edgar Gloucesters legitimate son is also banished but returns into the kingdom as Poor Tom a madman and beggar and attempts to assist his father any way possible Kent Lears steadfast right-hand man shows his loyalty for Lear when he says see better Lear and let me still remain the true blank of thine eye Shakespeare 9 Kent has been banished by Lear but also returns in disguise as Caius another loyal servant to Lear This sub-plot is deeply involved and serves as a perfect example of the complexity of Shakespeares King Lear Complexity is not used as a negative trait in King Lear
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