King Lear : A Shakespearean Shakespearian Tragedy

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The play King Lear is what is known as a Shakespearian tragedy. All that this means is that it was written by Shakespeare, possibly one of the most famous playwrights in history, and that the play is considered to fit into the category of a tragedy. A tragedy can be simply described as a play with an unhappy ending. Shakespeare wrote a number of tragedies, and readers of the plays debate which tragedies were the best. King Lear is certainly a well-known tragedy, but should it be counted as one of the best? Should it be considered one of Shakespeare’s four greatest tragedies? Many people do regard it as one of the best Shakespeare tragedies, but it generally comes down to opinion. In order to determine the best Shakespeare tragedy, it has to be stacked up against other well-known Shakespearian tragedies like Macbeth, Othello, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, and Hamlet in multiple ways, both objectively and subjectively. When compared to these plays, it is evident that King Lear should not be counted as one of the top four Shakespearian tragedies on account of three things, its popularity in relation to the other tragedies, its character development in relation to the other tragedies, and the clarity of its overall message compared to the other tragedies. This is not to say that King Lear is a poorly written play, just that although it is great in its own right, it does not deserve to be in the top four Shakespearian tragedies of all time list; other
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