Blindness In Shakespeare's King Lear

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Although blindness is defined as not having sight, Shakespeare, through King Lear, allows us to see that being blind is just a mental flaw as it physically. Shakespeare through King Lear, Gloucester and Albany shows us the portray ignorance and willful denial that each character petrays. The people that surround King Lear, Gloucester and Albany aren’t exactly as what they appear, but instead of choosing to see the truth they decide to see the image on the outside instead of the inside. The concept of placing trust in one can result in the misfortunes of others, especially of one 's self. Blindness is displayed by Shakespeare throughout King Lear by tracing the steps of King Lear, Gloucester and Albany by showing us that seeing is more than …show more content…
He asked his daughters to tell him about how much they loved him, and whoever’s answer he liked the most would get his land and kingdom to rule. You can already see the beginnings of Lear’s madness and blindness that we would give away his kingdom based only off his daughters’ love for him. Cordelia who loved King Lear, told her father the truth about how much she loved him, and she was disowned and sent away for her truthfulness. In the words of Aleah, Anders, and Stephanie, “Instead of seeking a wiser basis for his decisions, lear becomes enraged with his youngest, most loved daughter Cordelia refuses to show her love in the same way that her sisters do.” His older daughters, Goneril and Regan, were not so innocent, but told Lear what he wanted to hear. In Act 1 Scene 1 lines 55-61, Goneril tells her father, “Sir, I love you more than words can wield the matter;/Dearer than eye-sight, space, and liberty;/ Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare;/No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honour;/ As much as child e 'er loved, or father found;/ A love that makes breath poor, and speech unable;/Beyond all manner of so much I love you (Core)”. Even though his other daughters were disloyal and plotting the end of King Lear, he chooses to be blind to who the people around him really are. Cordelia tries to explain herself to her father, and his loyal …show more content…
King Lear, Gloucester, and Albany all contribute to this theme through their ignorance and selective sight. These three characters choose to see only what they want to see and remain blind to reality because it is easier for them to remain ignorant than face the truth.This causes these characters to misplace their trust and remain unaware of those truly loyal to them. Blindness is displayed by Shakespeare throughout King Lear, teaching us that there is more to every story than just what meets the

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