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In Shakespeares King Lear the issue of sight against blindness is a recurring theme Blindness in Shakespeare is a mental flaw some characters posses and vision is not derived from physical sight it includes mental intuitiveness King Lear and Gloucester are the two examples Shakespeare incorporates this theme into Each of these characters lack of vision was the primary cause of the unfortunate decisions they made decisions that they would eventually come to regret The blindest of all was undoubtedly King Lear Because of his high position in society he is supposed to be able to distinguish good from bad unfortunately his lack of insight prevented him to do so However his vision is clouded by his lack of insight Since he cannot see into other peoples characters he can never identify them for who they truly are When Lear is angered by Cordelia Kent tries to reason with Lear who is too stubborn to remain open-minded Lear responds to Kents opposition with Out of my sight to which Kent responds See better Lear and let me still remain Kent once banished creates a disguise for himself and is eventually hired by Lear as a servant The kings vision is so superficial that he is easily deceived by Kents changed appearance He can never see his trusted servant for whom he really is He only learns of Kents noble and honest character just prior to his death when his vision is cleared By this time however it is too late for an honest relationship to be salvaged Lears vision is also blurred by his lack of direction in life and his poor ability to predict the outcome 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 love him most he already thinks that Cordelia has the most love for him However when Cordelia
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