Many stories and narratives require a character who's gone through some bad times, and it's important to handle them and their narratives in a way that's sensitive to real survivors while providing an interesting and engaging experience to your audience. So here's some things to consider and think about as you're developing and writing this kind of thing. So, there's good reasons and bad reasons for giving a character a tragic or traumatic backstory. Good reasons include establishing and explaining what kind of person your character is now. Perhaps they don't trust authority figures because they were abused by them growing up. They can be used to set up why your character has the insight and opinions they do.
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The main factor that leads to the tragedy in the play is emotional blindness characterized as a lack of perception or insight. The two main characters King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester are wilfully ignorant and in denial regarding the intentions of their children. They are blind to their responsibilities as parents and lack insight into the nature of their children and are careless in their regard for them. Shakespeare uses both metaphorical and physical blindness and sight to demonstrate the consequences of misinformed and bad decisions which were caused by the inability of King Lear, and Gloucester to use their thoughts and emotions to see the people in their lives for who they truly were.