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Elements of Tragedy in King Lear

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Alessandro Savo

on 19 May 2014

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Transcript of Elements of Tragedy in King Lear

The first element of tragedy in King Lear is when Lear makes one of the biggest mistakes because of anger over a silly thing, choosing to favor the ones who hate him and disown the one who loves him and the effect on him personally includes just about everything needed to make him as miserable as possible. This occurs when Lear's daughter each tell him how much they love but with his favourite daughter Cordelia not saying much and just telling him she loves him like a daughter should makes him upset and he wanted more. Lear says to Cordelia, "Here I disclaim my parental care, and property of blood, and as a stranger to my heart and me Hold me thee from this forever. " ( 9. 120-123). This is where Lear states he wants nothing to do with Cordelia anymore.
The meaning of tragedy is an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, or crime.

In the play King Lear, many elements of tragedy are shown and affect many different parts of the novel.
Also another element of tragedy that occurred in the play is Edmund's betrayal to his brother Edgar. Edmund had written a letter with a plan to get rid of his father for his power but his father ends up seeing Edmund with the letter and asks to read it so he tells him, "I beseech you, sir, pardon me. It is a letter from my brother that I have not all o'er-read; and for so much as I have perused, I find it not fit for your o'erlooking." (25. 37-39). Now Gloucester is afraid Edgar wants to kill him which makes him want to get rid of Edgar before he gets to him. Edmund has now put his own brother's life in danger and makes his father want to kill his own son.
Another tragedy that was developed in the play is the torture of Gloucester. Edmund his own son wanted his father dead and with the love Regan has for him she gets the servants to pluck out Gloucester's eye balls. As Gloucester looks for Edmund's help, Regan says to him, "Out, treacherous villain!
Thou call'st on him that hates thee: it was he That made the overture of thy treasons to us; Who is too good to pity thee." (140-141. 103-106). Regan tells Gloucester that he is crying out for the one who put him through this torture.
One of the final elements of tragedy that occurred in King Lear is the sword fight between Edmund and Edgar. Edgar finally discovers that his brother had betrayed him and was never on his side all along so he decides to finally stand up for himself. Edgar shows up masked and wins the sword fight by stabbing his brother and then shows Edmund it is him under the mask and Edmund says. "Th' hast spoken right; 'tis true. The wheel is come full circle; I am here." (209. 209-210), meaning after what he did to his brother came back and ended up killing himself.
The last and final element of tragedy in King Lear is in the final scene involves death when Goneril poisons her sister Regan, Cordeila is hung, Regan stabs herself and The King dies from shock after seeing all his daughters dead.

Shakespearean novels usually involve the death and tragedy in the end and this is what occurs in the final scene of King Lear.
Elements of Tragedy in King Lear
1. Do you believe Lear took the right approach with Cordelia when she expressed her love in a more simple way?
3. Did you like how the play ended with the death of all the characters?
To conclude, tragedy was a very important theme in this play and many different types were shown throughout, King Lear was a play filled with this theme. These tragedy's mostly occurred because of anger, for power and conflict between family members.
2. If you were Edgar and found out your brother betrayed you what would you have done?
Tragedy between family members
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