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Blindness a flaw with insight It was once said What you lose in blindness is the space around you the place where you are and without that you might not exist You could be nowhere at allKingslover This is a quote that can relate the characters in The Stone Angel and King Lear In the tragedy King Lear written by William Shakespeare and in the novel The Stone Angel written by Margaret Laurence the term blindness has an entirely different meaning It is not a physical flaw but the inability of the characters to use their thoughts and emotions to see a person for whom they truly are King Lear Gloucester and Hagar are prime examples of characters that suffered most by having this flaw Nevertheless from this blindness leads a feeling of loneliness and hopelessness isolation Once this isolation has overcome them the characters finally gain the insight that has long flawed them and indulge in self-discovery Although these characters share these traits it is clear that a critical difference between the two books exists in the characters ability to redeem themselves after the epiphany Blindness gives moral insight The most blind of all is without a doubt King Lear because of his high position in society Lear is supposed to be able to distinguish the good from the bad unfortunately his lack of mind sight prevented him from doing so Lears best exemplification of his blindness occurs at the beginning of the play First he was easily deceived by the lies of his two greedy daughters who readily told him what he wanted to hear Then he was unable to see the reality of Cornelias love for him Lears last words to the only daughter that truly loved him were for we have no such daughter nor shall we ever see that face of hers again Therefore be gone without our grace our love our benison Shakespeare Ii 262-265 Gloucester too
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