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In Shakespeares King Lear there are several sequences which display the varying perceptions of different characters The perceptions of the characters often differs because of what they are able to see and also in their nature Such factors obstruct their vision not allowing them to see clearly One sequence which may illustrate this is the banishing of Cordelia after she refuses Lears test of love Another sequence is the gouging of Gloucesters eyes by Cornwall A third sequence which shows the indifference of opinion within the characters is Lears death at the end of the play As the play opens up Gloucester and Kent are speaking of Lears intention to divide his kingdom according to a test of love It is this test of love which causes Lear to banish his most beloved daughter Cordelia When asked how much she loves her father Cordelia replies that she loves him according to her bond no more nor less This response angers Lear and causes him to ban her for her refusal to comply Lear is held to the belief that she does not love him He believes that the daughter which had loved him the most and who he loved the most has broken his heart He is suspicious and bans her because he thinks that she is the only daughter who doesnt love him It is Lears rashness which prevents him from seeing that she is speaking the truth It is the same rashness which leads him to believe that Goneril and Regan are being truthful Kent believes that Lear is wrong and openly tells him so He says in a straightforward manner that he is both mad and an old man Kent believes that Lears decision was a hideous rashness He continues to speak even as Lear asks him to stop He tells Lear to see better as he is banned It is in Kents nature to speak
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