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    King Lear Blindness

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    Literary Analysis: King Lear The Blinding In the play, King Lear, vision and blindness are repeated allegories that relate to the characters, Lear and Gloucester. This exemplifies the theme of self-knowledge and consciousness that occurs in the play. These classic allegorical is inverted in King Lear, producing a situation in which those with well working eyes cannot see what is happening around them, and those without sight are able to “see” clearly. What do I mean? Well, Lear is completely “blind”

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    Blindness-King Lear

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    It seems ironic that both the oldest characters, Gloucester and Lear, who are blind either metaphorically or physically. They both exemplify that wisdom does not always come with old age. The parallel characters are very important to each other, Lear who is blinded metaphorically, and Gloucester who is physically blinded. Both characters undergo radical changes and their once sightless decisions become regrettable actions. They are unable to see people for who they truly are; thus their tragedy is

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    Blindness In King Lear

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    lead the blind” (4.1.46-47). In the tragedy King Lear, blindness is a key theme that is repeatedly mentioned and represented in many different forms. Throughout the novel, blindness is most often developed in the forms of mental and physical blindness. For King Lear and Gloucester specifically, blindness leads them to decisions that they will later regret in the play, and Gloucester’s actual blindness is a mirror image of Lear’s spiritual blindness. King Lear’s main plot and Gloucester’s sub-plot

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    King Lear Blindness

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    their invasion of England. Wanting to remove his father from power, Edmund conveys this information to the Duke of Cornwall and as a punishment, Gloucester has his eyes gouged out. This quote is important because it ties directly into the theme of “Blindness vs Sight.” Although he is literally blinded, it is at this moment that Gloucester is able to see the truth. Previously, he believes his son Edgar has betrayed him and therefore places his trust onto his other son, Edmund. Upon losing his vision,

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    This blindness is a tragic flaw that if one is not quick to realize, can have deadly and long term effects as developed through William Shakespeare’s King Lear. According to Shakespeare, blindness is not simply a physical issue, but rather a challenge of the mind. In the play, the dominant theme of figurative and literal blindness carries both the main plots and counterplots throughout the play. In William Shakespeare’s King Lear, the ineluctable subject of blindness develops through King Lear, his

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    Sight and Blindness in King Lear In King Lear, the recurring images of sight and blindness associated with the characters of Lear and Gloucester illustrate the theme of self-knowledge and consciousness that exist in the play. These classic tropes are inverted in King Lear, producing a situation in which those with healthy eyes are ignorant of what is going on around them, and those without vision appear to "see" the clearest. While Lear's "blindness" is one which is metaphorical, the blindness of Gloucester

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    Selfish Blindness Blindness can be defined in two ways. Literal blindness is not being able to physically see the world around. Metaphorical blindness can be used to represent people who act and react as if they were blind, as if decisions made do not affect anyone around. In King Lear, blindness is shown both ways. The characters of Lear and Gloucester struggle because both have been blinded by selfishness. Lear and Gloucester’s blindness push them to make bad decisions and trust the wrong people

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    In King Lear, blindness is more than just the lack of physical sight, but a lack of judgement and understanding of others’ true intentions. Much of the suffering in King Lear stems from impetuous decisions and beliefs. Both King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester were blinded in their own respective ways. Lear’s blindness was more moral, leading to poor decisions that led to suffering, while Gloucester’s blindness was ignorance to his sons’ true intentions, leading to suffering as well. King Lear’s

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    Blindness, in the traditional sense, is the inability of the eye to see. Shakespeare, however, uses blindness both as a mental flaw that one would possess and as a conventional lack of sight. This is mainly observed in his tragic story King Lear, where Shakespeare uses sight both literally and figuratively throughout the entire plot, making it a key theme of the piece. While there were many tragic events that happened during the story, the events with one or both kinds of blindness involved were

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    According to Shakespeare, the perception of blindness and sight are not considered as physical qualities, but somewhat mental characteristics. In the opening of the play, certain characters are blinded to the reality and are only able to see after suffering a disastrous loss. Blindness in characters intensifies their capability to comprehend, triggering misinterpretation, which leads to chaos in the play. This repeated theme is described mainly through King Lear, Gloucester and Albany who display that

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