Does King Lear fit Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero?

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Shakespeare's King Lear is a perfect example of Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero. According to Aristotle's theory of tragedy, the protagonist should be of high birth—in this way, his or her downfall will be more effective, evoking pity and fear on the part of the audience. The audience sympathizes with the main character because the protagonist has committed a fatal mistake, which occurs as a result of their own character flaw. Aristotle calls the tragic flaw hamartia, and this is what leads to the hero's downfall.

King Lear decides to abdicate. But before leaving his kingdom to his three daughters, he wants to obtain evidence of how much they love him in order to decide which of his three children deserves the biggest portion of his legacy. King Lear expects a public declaration of his daughters' love, obedience, and gratitude. The two oldest daughters, Goneril and Regan, do everything they can in order to prove to their father how much they love him, whereas Cordelia, the youngest,...

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