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Does King Lear Play the Tragic Hero or the Autocrat It is quite possible to make an argument in favour of either answer an argument that would prove to be quite a debate although one answer would weigh in favour of the other To prove this certain elements would have to be analysed thoroughly all aspects taken into context and sufficient research done into the matter This is the only method in which a fair debate of the argument can be taken into consideration We can only find the answer to this question if we know what the two arguments mean this will provide a solid base onto which the rest of the debate can rest a foundation of fact Aristotle a great founder of the definition of tragedy used the word catharsis to describe the effects of true tragedy on the spectator Aristotle stated that the purpose of tragedy was to invoke pity and terror and thereby effect the catharsis of these emotions Other critics see tragedy as a moral lesson in which fear and pity are excited by the tragic heros fate serve to warn the spectator not to similarly tempt providence This interpretation is generally accepted that through experiencing fear vicariously in a controlled situation the spectators own anxieties are directed outward and through sympathetic identification was the protagonist his insight and outlook are enlarged Also as importantly and significantly Aristotle introduced the term hamartia the tragic flaw or an inherent defect or shortcoming in the hero of a tragedy Aristotle casually described the tragic hero as a man of noble rank and nature whose misfortune is not brought upon him by villainy or corruption but by some error of judgement This imperfection later became known or interpreted as a moral flaw although most great tragedies defy such a simple distinction of the term We could say that in many cases of tragedy the hero is never passive but struggles to
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