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In this world there are many aspects of blindness whether it is mentally or physically Either way each blindness brings out the disability in each person Such portrayal was shown throughout the play The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare presents more than one form of blindness which complicates the social order of the society and I feel that the blindness being their imperfection creates tension between characters which is weakened by blindness When the characters are being blind they are corrupted by their actions and somehow they do not care who they are hurting as long as they know they are getting the best out of something Whether it being valuables love power or respect Physical and mental blindness are seen throughout this play They play a part in each characters daily lives and are the obstacle that prevents happiness Old Gobbo who is Launcelots blind and feeble father expresses physical and mental blindness when he approaches Launcelot and surprisingly asks him Master young man you I pray you which is the way to Master Jews Pg 21 lines 29-30 for he was looking for his son Launcelot Surprisingly Old Gobbo did not know that he was speaking to his son Old Gobbo is nearly blind which is the physical part of the blindness which was one of the reasons why he unable to recognize Launcelots features He is also mentally blind because a father should recognize his own sons voice Launcelot briefly jokes with his father before confessing he is Launcelot his boy that was his son that is his child that shall be Pg 22 lines 78-79 but Old Gobbo still cannot think he is his son Pg 22 line 80 Launcelot convinces himself that if his father had his eyes he might fail of knowing him because it is a wise father that knows his own child Pg 22 lines 70-71 It is a shame that a father cannot recognize his own
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