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What is King Lears fatal flaw?

In William Shakespeare's King Lear, king Lear's hamartia (tragic flaw) is his arrogance and excessive pride. King Lear's tragic flaw of arrogance is what causes him to lose his daughter Cordelia (the one who truly loves him). Because of Lear's pride, he disowns Cordelia and loses his most faithful servant, Kent.

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Similarly, it is asked, what is the tragic flaw of King Lear?

It is a tragedy. Lear is a tragic hero because he has those three qualities. His flaws are his arrogance, his ignorance, and his misjudgments, each contributing to the other. The first flaw in King Lear is his arrogance, which results in the loss of Cordelia and Kent.

what is Macbeth's fatal flaw? Macbeth's tragic flaw is his ambition and it consequentially leads to his downfall and ultimate demise. Macbeth is a tragic hero who is introduced in the the play as being well-liked and respected by the general and the people. He brings his death upon himself from this tragic flaw.

Just so, what is King Lears Hamartia?

In order for a character to be qualified as a tragic hero, he must have a high status in society and possess hamartia, or a tragic flaw, which, initiates the tragedy. Lear's hamartia, his stubborn pride and anger, supersedes his judgment and prevents him from seeing the true faces of those around him.

How is King Lear a tragic hero?

King Lear is a tragic hero. He behaves rashly and irresponsibly at the start of the play. He is blind and unfair as a father and as a ruler. He desires all the trappings of power without the responsibility which is why the passive and forgiving Cordelia is the perfect choice for a successor.

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