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In Sophocles and Shakespearean terms blindness means a completely different thing Blindness can normally be defined as the inability of the eye to see but according to both plays blindness is not always a physical quality but a mental flaw some people possess Out of both plays Shakespeares King Lear has the most dominant theme of blindness King Lear Gloucester and Albany are three prime examples Shakespeare incorporates this theme into Oedipus is the only one that shows blindness is Sophocles play Each of these characters blindness was the primary cause of the bad decisions they made decisions which all of them would eventually come to regretThe blindest one of all would be King Lear It is because of Lears high position in society as king he was supposed to be able to distinguish between the good and evil unfortunate for Lear his lack of insight prevented him to do so The first act of blindness from Lear came at the begging of the play First his two eldest daughters deceived him then he was unable to see the true love Cordelias felt for him and as a result he banished her from the kingdom with the following words Have no such daughter Nor shall ever see That face of her again Therefore be gone Without our grace our love our benisonKent one of Lears loyal followers was also banished because of Lears blindness Kent was able to see Cordelias true love for her father and tried to protect her from her blind fathers irrational behavior After Kent was banished he created disguise for himself and was hired as Lears servant Lears inability to determine his servants true identity proved once again how blind Lear was As the play progressed Lear eyesight reached close to perfect vision He soon realized how wicked his two eldest daughters really were after they locked him out of a castle during a tremendous storm More importantly Lear saw
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