I'm currently doing an essay on King Lear, and I need to find out what the common flaws are between characters within Shakespeare's plays.
King Lear is ignorant and arrogant, which are his key flaws which resulted in the tragedy. Could you tell me the flaws of other characters in different plays which contribute to the tragedy? How they are similar and how they differ?
Thanks in advance!
- Thread Starter
- 29-12-2010 14:44
- 30-12-2010 03:34
You mean characters in a different play yes?
I'm studying the play "The Tempest" and you could argue that the protagonist Prospero is also arrogant - he neglects the charge of his kingdom (the Duke of Milan) to study and this results in him getting usurped by his brother Antonio. His learning came before his responsibilty to the people of Milan; he thought he could have his cake and eat it too. Furthermore in the play he shows his arrogance by using 'magic' to control the fate of his enemies and his own daughter - he is the puppetmaster of the play. He refuses to give in until his enemies repent and he uses other beings to do his bidding (Ariel the Sprite to render his enemies ship-wrecked, and Caliban to make his fire etc).
And of course in neglecting his country & letting his brother run it without realising his brother's plot to steal it from him, he is also ignorant.
Hope that makes sense & helps in some way