King Lear

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4. Shakespeare's major characters are often the victim of flaws in their own character.

Select one major character from King Lear and show how this statement applies in this case The play King Lear, was one of Shakespeare's most brilliant tragic masterpieces ever being written. I strongly believe that this play had shown us how an obscured decision of a person can lead to major downfall of his or hers possession and rights through great deal of matters. Lear, the king of Britain is a good example. As stated by the Elizabethan's chain of order, being a king would place him at the highest status next to god. However, a foolish judgement influenced by his pride had led him from a person who prospers wealth and happiness to a victim of tragic flaws and grief. Consequences caused by the flaw of pride had brought Lear misery, insanity, and death.

Old age and stubbornness is something that many people fear and Lear is no exception. His first and probably the only biggest mistake would be passing his realm on to his three daughters. He divided his kingdom by judging how well his daughters confessed their love to him.

Lear: Great rivals in our youngest daughter's love, Long in our court have made their amorous sojourn, And here are to be answered. Tell me, my daughters (Since now we will divest us both of rule, Interest of territory, cares of state), Which of you shall we say doth love us most, That we our largest bounty may extend Where nature doth with merit challenge.1 Of course, there was no surprise that Goneril, Lear's eldest daughter, and Regan, Lear's second oldest daughter, got their part of the inheritance by telling a lie to Lear that they love him with all their...