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How does act 1 scene 1 of king lear set the scene for the rest of the play The beginning of a work often sets the tone for the rest of the entire endeavor In drama especially the first scene of a play generally sets up the basic themes and situations that the remainder will work with In king lears very first scene we see many of the plays fundamental themes and images presented The recurrent imagery of human senses and of nothing the distortion of familial and social ties the gradual dissolution of lears kingship all make their first appearances in the first line of shakespeares tragedy Much of the imagery in king lears first scene presages what is to come in the play Often characters refer to senses particularly sight whether as a comment on the neccesity of sensing consequences before acting as Lear does not or as yet another of shakespeares comments on seeming see Hamletthe destruction of Gloucesters eyes and his subsequent musings I stumbled when I sawvi19 are a more graphical presentation of this key theme which originally appears in lears first scene Goneril declares lear is dearer than eyesightIi56 to her however Goneril is the one who later suggests putting Gloucesters eyes out for his treachery Regan goes further proclaiming I profess myself an enemy to all other joys which the most precious square of sense posesses Ii72-74 Crossed in his wrath by Kent Lear cries out of my sight Ii57 only to be reproved with Kents see better lear and let me still remain the true blank of thine eye Ii58-59 In Shakespearean terms blind means a entirely different thing Blindness can normally be defined as the inability of the eye to see but according to Shakespeare blindness is not a physical quality but a mental flaw some people possess Shakespeares most dominant theme in his play King Lear
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