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Does anyone pity or feel sorry for Lear? I need some opinions on this, I have to write an essay on this based on Aristotle's concept of Tragedy. Thanks :)

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For a figure to qualify as a tragic hero, he or she must possess some qualities of greatness. These qualities can be derived from nobility of role (as in kingship), but are not necessarily guaranteed by nobility of role. Is King Lear a hero? Is he a noble figure whose suffering can be construed as noble suffering? 

 

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I did not feel particularly sorry for King Lear until the end of the play when he had lost his daughter Cordelia. Then I did feel sorry for him, as I would for any man who had lost a child he loved. I was also moved by the marvelous metaphor he uses when he...

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I not only like Shakespeare but also find him still contemporary. His plots and characters are universal. I never feel pity for Lear because he is a character does not believe in truthfullness. He likes flatered. In this world nobody feeds himself on others cost rather survive on own. But lear thought the youngest daughter was ignorant and she won't be able to survive on her own. Thus he mistook her assertions and faced the music. The other daughters were pretensious.

From the point of Aristotle's view, its based on co-incidence and of course you can accept the views of post#3 and #4.