What are some tragic moments in Lear's life? Discuss. Any useful quotes?

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It is tragic when half of Lear's royal entourage of knights is disbanded. This demonstrates that Reagan and Goneril do not respect their aged father and are corrupted by the newly acquired power they have attained.

"Ingratitude, thou marble hearted fiend.." (1.4.270).

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is...

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It is tragic when half of Lear's royal entourage of knights is disbanded. This demonstrates that Reagan and Goneril do not respect their aged father and are corrupted by the newly acquired power they have attained.

"Ingratitude, thou marble hearted fiend.." (1.4.270).

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child." (1.4.302-3)

When Lear storms out of his daughter's castle and chooses instead to embrace the harsh and raging storm we see the tragedy of his situation. The internal torment he is suffering is represented in the raging storm. "Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage, blow!" (3.2.1)

Finally, the tragedy is evident after the death of his true Cordelia. Lear says that "...I am bound / upon a wheel of fire, that mine own tears / Do scald like molten lead" (4.7.52-54).

There are many, many more tragic elements in Lear. This is just to get you started.

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