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Blindness vs Sight In the Shakespeare play King Lear some of the characters show that they have knowledge of what is going happening around them and some unfortunately do not see that the ones they love are mischievous and only out to get what they have One character that is mostly viewed as the blind one in this play is King Lear himself Lears blindness to the truth and to others that tried to help him see brought him to his suffering and at the point of his downfall he came to realize the truth In the beginning Lear decided to divide his kingdom among his daughters however Cordelia and Kent tried to help him realize his mistakes Lear did not see that giving away his kingdom is a mistake however he thought he had good reasons such as that he was getting old and he did not want the troubles of running a kingdom LearTo shake all cares and businesses from our age Conferring them on younger strengths while we Unburthened crawl toward death 1139-43 The King asked his daughters to profess their love for him in the court before everyone so that he will know how much of the kingdom to give to each daughter Goneril and Regan praised Lear because they know how much he likes to be praised However they did not mean what they say as they only what a part of the kingdom but Lear was to blinded by his pride However his favourite and last daughter Cordelia truly loved him and could not find the words to express her love Lear disowned her Lear Here I disclaim all my paternal care Propinquity and property of blood And as a stranger to my heart and me Hold thee from this forever 11115-118 Lear could not see that Kent is his loyal friend and was only trying to help him see the truth Kent tells him
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