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Lear The Tragic Character In William Shakespeares King Lear the similar events that Lear and Gloucester experience result in a parallel plot sequence for the story Lear and Gloucester are similar characters because they are experiencing similar problems while playing the role of a father Their children also have a similar eagerness for power a problem that both Lear and Gloucester should not have to deal with while addressing serious mental and physical dilemmas And although the two characters are very similar the story of King Lear is tragic and Gloucesters is not Lears tragedy is a result of bringing fate upon himself which in turn stripes Lear of everything and only in his final moments does Lear resolve some of his problems with a catharsis To ensure that Lears story is indeed tragic while Gloucesters is not an examination of tragedy is necessary Also the overall situation and well being of the two characters is helpful in deciding who brings upon their own problems and who becomes a victim throughout the play Decisions made by Lear are also determining factors of tragedy even from the very beginning of the play The events that Lear and Gloucester experience are similar but their positions in society are different Consequences are much higher for mistakes made by Kings rather than mistakes made by the Earl of Gloucester Aristotle says that a real tragedy is an imitation of an action that is serious or grave involving someone of elevated status The same person however brought demise to ones own self and to the surrounding characters When Lear gives up his kingdom to his daughters he has completely ceased any continuation of the familys lineage to the throne Also lost along with Lears kingdom is a substantial amount of power over the people With Lear inevitably losing his throne in the near future the people stop listening to him The noble Kent tries to convince Lear that he has
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