Is King Lear a tragic hero?
A tragic hero is a protagonist that has a fatal (tragic) flaw; usually, the audience finds sympathy with the hero.
At the beginning of the play, Lear seems like a fine ruler and in his generosity, he decides to divide his kingdom equally among his daughters. But then he encourages his daughters to compete by pledging their love for him. When Cordelia refuses to make overly dramatic praises, as her sisters do, Lear's pride takes over and he essentially disowns her and then banishes her.
The barbarous Scythian,
Or he that makes his generation messes
To gorge his...
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The tragedy of King Lear is because of his inability to recognize reality, or to see things for what they really are. It is ironic that he believes Goneril's and Regan's lies about their love for him; while he falsely accuses Cordelia of being disloyal, when in fact, she turns out to be the only one of the three who loves him.