"Character is destiny." How is this quote applicable to King Lear?

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Do you mean King Lear as a character? It is difficult to think that the character of anyone deserves the fate that befalls that irritable, old king that opens the play.  To be sure, he misuses his power and doesn’t understand his daughters either, but his daughters subsequent treatment of him, the madness that results from that, his homelessness and suffering during the storm, and then, finally, holding his dead daughter in his arms at the end of the play—none of these seem to be his “destiny” if fortune is at all fair.  Critics call King Lear Shakespeare’s cruelest play simply because his suffering exceeds his deeds, forcing us to wonder whether there is meaning in a universe that appears so unjust.  And, as with Lear,...

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