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Analysis of the Death of Cordelia The play subverts the genre of tragedy by offering a promise of fulfillment and yet delivering the oppositeEpstein As it is defined a tragedy is a drama or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw a moral weakness or an inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances Clearly upon review of this definition it can be accurately asserted that King Lear is a tragedy and by all means it is yet there is something different about this tragedy something more painful For some reason the death of Cordelia slaps the reader across the face in a more painful way then the death of any other Shakespearean character When Romeo Juliet die the reader understands why when Hamlet dies the reader understands why but when Cordelia dies the reader is forced to question the meaning of her death Simply the reader finds him or herself saying as a three year old would say thats not fair As Lear enters on stage holding the dead Cordelia in his arms we immediately begin to question the meaning of her death In King Lear as in all tragedies the death of each character is marked by a tragic flaw Lears flaw is his inability to make the right decision and his lack of clear vision This can be seen immediately when he decides that he will divide his kingdom among his three daughters based on the degree to which they express their love Gloucesters tragic flaw is also portrayed in the first scene of the play when we find out that he has an illegitimate son The fact that he was unfaithful lead to the birth of Edmund which eventually would come back to kill him Cordelias tragic flaw on the other hand is made a lot less clear In fact some would
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