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In King Lear one of the most important themes is blindness In King Lear both Lear and glouscter are blind In this book blindness is not a physical quality but a mental flaw that some people have Both King Lear and glouscter are good examples of blindness Each of these characterss blindness was the main cause of the bad decisions they made The blindest character in my mind was King Lear Because of Lears high position in society he was supposed to be able to See the good from the bad unfortunately he was unable to do so Lears first act of blindness came at the beginning of the play First he was easily tricked by his two daughters goneril and Regan then he was unable to see the true love that cordelia had for him and as a result banished her from his kingdom This is where the first part of Lears blindness comes in when he says in act I scene I lines 304-306 for we have no such daughter nor shall ever see that face of her again King Lear has now banished cordelia Another part of the play that shows King Lears blindness was when he banished Kent Kent was able to see Cordelias true love for her father and tried to protect her from her blind father making a mistake and banishing her After Kent was banished he created a disguise for himself and was eventually hired by Lear as a servant Lears inability to determine who his servant really was proved once again how blind Lear actually was As the play went on king Lear started to see better He realized how wicked his two eldest daughters really were after they locked him out of the castle during a tremendous storm Lear saw through Cordelias lack of ability to show her love for he father He realized that her love for him was so great that she couldnt express
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