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In Shakespeares tragedy King Lear there is a reoccurring theme of insight and sight mostly between Gloucester and Lear furthermore Gloucester lacked physical sight but had insight while Lear had physical sight but lacked insight It is obvious that insight is not in any way derived from vision Throughout most of King Lear Lears vision is obstructed by his lack of insight Since he can not see into other peoples characters he can not see them for who they really are When Lear was angered by Cordelia in the beginning of the play Kent tries to calm King Lear down but Lear says Out of my Sight 11168 and Kent responds with See better Lear and let me still remain 11169 Kent wanted Lear to stop and think for a minute however Lear in his ill state of mind disregards what Kent is telling him because he can not see Kent for who he truly is a loyal friend It took Lear a long time to realize exactly who Goneril really was How sharper than a serpents tooth it is To have a thankless child 14290-291 Then he wanted to move to Regans place because he thought I have another daughter Who I am sure is kind and comfortable 14309 - 310 however he was gravely mistaken So far Lear can not see anybody for who they really are not even Poor Tom the beggar Lear while insane has physical sight but can not see people for who they really are and therefore sight does not guarantee insight Gloucester depicts this theme by demonstrating insight despite the total lack of vision Before Gloucester lost his eyes his situation was much like Lears in the sense that he could not see what was really happening around him When Edmund showed Gloucester a letter that was supposedly from Edgar it did not take much convincing for Gloucester to believe that Edgar might be plotting against him
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