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In Shakespearean terms blind means a whole different thing Blindness can normally be defined as the inability of the eye to see but according to Shakespeare blindness is not a physical quality but a mental flaw some people possess Shakespeares most dominant theme in his play King Lear is that of blindness King Lear Gloucester and Albany are three prime examples Shakespeare incorporates this theme into Each of these characters blindness was the primary cause of the bad decisions they made decisions which all of them would eventually come to regret The blindest bat of all was undoubtedly King Lear Because of Lears high position in society he was supposed to be able to distinguish the good from the bad unfortunately his lack of sight prevented him to do so Lears first act of blindness came at the beginning of the play First he was easily deceived by his two eldest daughters lies then he was unable to see the reality of Cordelias true love for him and as a result banished her from his kingdom with the following words for we Have no such daughter nor shall ever see That face of her again Therefore be gone Without our grace our love our benison Act I Sc I Ln 265-267 Lears blindness also caused him to banish one of his loyal followers Kent Kent was able to see Cordelias true love for her father and tried to protect her from her blind fathers irrationality After Kent was banished he created a disguise for himself and was eventually hired by Lear as a servant Lears inability to determine his servants true identity proved once again how blind Lear actually was As the play progressed Lears eyesight reached closer to 2020 vision He realized how wicked his two eldest daughters really were after they locked him out of the castle during a tremendous storm More importantly Lear saw through Cordelias lack of flatterings
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