Why do the people disfavor Lear in Shakespeare's King Lear?

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Why do the people disfavor Lear in Shakespeare's King Lear?

Tragic Flaws

In the genre of tragedy, the principle characters are often said to have a tragic flaw. This flaw can be anything from being too brutal, becoming jealous too easily, or falling in love without any concern with any other worldly matters. The tragic flaw is nearly always, by definition, what undoes the character and brings about his or her own downfall.

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I'm not sure if this question is referring to the audience or to other characters in the play. Audiences often disfavor Lear because he is quite a...

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