Blindness Of King Lear By William Shakespeare

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Mona Rupani
ENG4U
March-9- 2015

How is the theme of blindness explored in King Lear?

The play King Lear, written by William Shakespeare, the theme of blindness is clearly illustrated in the characters of King Lear and Gloucester. Both characters are blind to the truth because of their unwariness and poor judgment of character. These two characters refused to see the truth about the ones that are loyal to them. This type of blindness in this play is mental. Mental blindness can also be described refusing to see the truth because of one’s personality. The characters blindness was the reason of bad decisions that led to disasters. The nature causes and effects of blindness can be seen with King Lear and Gloucester, as these characters correspond to each other. At the very start of the play, though Lear has physical ability to see, but he is blind in the sense that he lacks understanding. Lear cannot identify people for truly what they are, as he only sees what is on the surface. The moral blindness abuses his relationship with his most beloved daughter Cordelia, and the loyal friend Kent. The first mistake he made that was affected by his blindness was the giving away of his land to his daughter. He states, “Which of you shall we sat doth love us most? That we our largest bounty may extend”. This quote shows that he wants to gives his land that loves him most. His two daughters, Goneril and Regan to state their love to him for their share of his kingdom, and
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