Theme Of Blindness In King Lear

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In William Shakespeare's King Lear, the theme of blindness and insight worsens characters' ability to judge right from wrong causing misjudgment, leading to sorrow, chaos, and tragedy. This recurring theme of blindness and misjudgment shows Lear and Gloucester as the blind. They demonstrate that literal sight does not assure clear judgment of a situation. As a monarch, Lear recognizes the difference between good and bad, but his impairment of sight rendered him unable to do that. “... By all the operation of the orbs From whom we do exist and cease to be; here I disclaim all my paternal care, Propinquity, and property of blood, And as a stranger to my heart and me Hold thee, from this, forever. The barbarous Scythian, Or he that makes his generation messes To gorge his appetite, shall to my bosom Be as well neighbour'd, pitied, and relieved, As thou my sometime daughter.” soon after Kent says “See better, Lear; and let me still remain the true blank of thine eye.” Kent tries to open Lear's eyes to his mistake of banishing Cordelia and soon after speaking with Lear, Kent himself. “ ... And on the sixth to turn thy hated back Upon our kingdom: if on the tenth day following, Thy banish'd trunk be found in our dominions, The moment is thy death. Away! By Jupiter, This shall not be revoked” remarked Lear. Cordelia does love him the most and because he could not see that, his lack of insight causes him to only see the loveless daughter, not the truth and love behind it. From the
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