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Blindness is a whole different thing than not having the ability for the eye to see an object according to Shakespeare It is not a physical quality but a mental flaw that some people possess This fault in characters exacerbates their ability to understand and it also leads them in the wrong direction In King Lear written by William Shakespeare the characters of Gloucester and Lear are victims of this blemish Although Lear can physically see he is blind in the sense that he lacks direction insight and understanding However Gloucester becomes physically blind but gains the ability of discernment that Lear does not have It is evident from these two characters that true vision is not derived solely from having physical sight Lears downfall is primarily based on this principle while Gloucester learns that true sight is only achieved by experience and by this he escapes a fate parallel to Lears All through most of the play Lears vision is clouded by his lack of insight Lear is unable to distinguish characters from their true self due to the fact that he cannot see into other peoples character During the scene where Lear is enraged at Cordelia Kent tries to reason with him saying that Goneril and Regan are fakes Lear unaware of this yells in opposition to Kent Out of my sightShakespeare 11156 Kent responds See better Lear11157 Here Kent one of Lears followers is the first person to directly tell the King that he has made mistakes concerning the partition of his sovereignty Unlike Lear who shows blindness in judgement Kent is able to see through the superficiality of the elder daughters confessions of love He believes that Cordelia is wronged when she receives nothing and is exiled due to her honesty Lear tells Kent he never wants to see him again and displays a great extent of outrage voicing Come not between the dragon and his wrath11121 Kent being the
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