William Shakespeare 's King Lear Essays

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Lack of insight to one’s surroundings is an indicator of failure in one’s proper metacognition. This blindness is a tragic flaw that if one is too late 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 daughters, and Gloucester as they suffer the repercussions of their lack of perception in their lives. Firstly, King Lear’s pride leads him to appreciate flattery over true and honest love. Furthermore, Lear’s daughters, Goneril and Regan, both suffer blindness as a result of their constant ambition for authority. Finally, Gloucester’s figurative blindness only resolves when he is too late in seeing the truth after suffering physical blindness. King Lear’s tragic flaw of pride blinds him to see the truth in others. To begin, Lear’s obsession with flattery leads to a lack of insight into the appearing and realistic love of his daughters. When dividing his kingdom amongst his daughters, Lear asks which “of [his daughters] shall [the court] say doth love [him] most?” (Shakespeare I, i, 50) After his eldest daughters succeed in flattering the king, Cordelia expresses her love as a…

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