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The two works King Lear by William Shakespeare and Oedipus the King by Sophocles share similar themes One such theme is sight versus blindness In Shakespeares King Lear the issue of sight versus blindness is a recurring theme In Shakespearean terms as well as in Sohpocles Oedipus the King being blind does not only refer to the physical inability to see Blindness is used in these two works to show a mental flaw some of the characters possess and vision is not derived solely from physical sight In King Lear Gloucester and Lear are two prime examples Shakespeare incorporates into this theme as well as Oedipus in Oedipus the King Blindness is the cause of the downfall of the tragic hero Oedipus Not only does his blindness appear physically but also egotistically like Lear In both plays Lear and Oedipus similarly hold a high position in their respective countries Lear is the King of Britain and Oedipus is the King of Thebes Both kings because of their high position in society are supposed to be able to distinguish the good from the bad Unfortunately their lack of insight prevents them from doing so Gloucester is a prime example of a character like Lear and Oedipus who lacks insight but regains it when he is blinded physically Gloucester is the aging Earl a good man with a long run of bad luck His problems are with his two sons Edgar and Edmund Gloucesters vision is very much like Lears and Oedipus These three characters are unable to see what is going on around them Lears lack of insight is seen through his three daughters Goneril Regan and Cordelia The love test at the beginning of Act 1 scene I sets the tone for this extremely complicated play Lear demands that his daughters prove how much they love him Rather than being a true test of their love for him the test seems to invite or
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