6 Elements of a Tragic Hero / King Lear

Usually a man of noble stature Ling lear was a king
Tragedy is usually the hero’s fault King banished Cordelia
Hero’s downfall comes from own choice King Lear just gave up and died after Cordelia was hung
Hero’s misfortune is not totally deserved King Lear didn’t deserve to be treated so terribly by his 2 daughters and he didn’t deserve to see cordelia die
Tragic fall isn’t always a total loss and usually leads to insight or knowledge King Lear learned who his true daughter really was
Tragedy doesn’t leave audience totally depressed Edgar survives and nobody really liked Lear that much anyway

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