DARYL essay - Mr. Westerfield AP Literature 14 February...

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Mr. Westerfield AP Literature 14 February 2010 The Effects of a Tragic Flaw In the tragedy of King Lear , by William Shakespeare, many of the protagonists often make decisions of which drastically affect and more importantly, determine their future. Unfortunately, along with these decisions comes the character’s tragic flaw. Originally, ‘tragedy’ is defined by the dictionary as “a dramatic composition . . . typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society, to downfall or destruction.” In the play, one's tragic flaw of being gullible is depicted to be the foremost reason for the downfall of mankind into insanity and despair. One protagonist whose tragic flaw negatively affected his future was King Lear. It was solely King Lear’s egotism that led to the betrayal of his two daughters, Goneril and Regan, who he thought loved him as much as they mentioned they did. In the beginning of the play, Lear mentions, “Which of you doth say love us most,” which illustrates his egotistic being. Because King Lear preferred public display of love over true love, he misjudged the daughter, Cordelia, who truly loved him “according to her bond; nor more nor less.” Lear’s egotism eventually led to his gullibility because the other two daughters, Goneril and Regan are not true to their words. For instance, Regan mentions to her father, “O, sir, you are old; Nature on you stands on the very verge of her confine: you should be ruled and led by some discretion that discerns your state
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2010 for the course LIT 101 taught by Professor Hinghonhg during the Spring '10 term at Aarhus Universitet.

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