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In Shakespeares classic tragedy King Lear there are several characters who do not see the reality of their environment Two such characters are Lear and Gloucester Both characters inhabit a blindness to the world around them Lear does not see clearly the truth of his daughters mentions while Gloucester is also blinded by Edmonds treachery This failure to see reality leads to Lears intellectual blindness which is his insanity and Gloucesters physical blindness that leads to his trusting tendencies They both achieve inner awareness at the end as their surreal blindness are lifted and then realize the truth Both Lear and Gloucester are characters used by Shakespeare to show the relevance of having a clear vision in life Lears vision is marred by lack of direction in life poor foresight and his inability to predict the consequences of his actions He cannot look far enough into the future to see the consequences of his actions This in addition to his lack of insight into other people condemns his relationship with his most beloved daughter Cordelia When Lear asks his daughters who loves him most he already thinks that Cordelia has the most love for him However when Cordelia says I love your Majesty according to my bond no more nor less I i 94-95 Lear cannot see what these words really mean Goneril and Regan are only putting on an act They do not truly love Lear as much as they should When Cordelia says these words she has seen her sisters facade and she does not want to associate her true love with their false love Lear however is fooled by Goneril and Regan into thinking that they love him while Cordelia does not This is when Lear first shows a sign of becoming blind to those around him He snaps and disowns herLet be so Thy truth then be thy dowerFor by the sacred radiance of the sunThe mysteries of Hecate
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