Blindness In King Lear Thesis

In the play, the dominant theme of figurative and literal blindness carries both the main and counterplots throughout the play....

[tags: William Shakespeare, King Lear, Blindness] - Themes of Nothing and Blindness in King Lear Many of the passages of King Lear, particularly those between the characters of Lear, Kent, the Fool, and Cordelia, all share a common theme.

Throughout William Shakespeare’s King Lear, many characters make mistakes that cost them greatly.

The characters are all blind to something, misinterpreting other character’s actions and emotions.

King Lear and the Earl of Gloucester are the two characters who make up the parallel “double plot” of the tragedy caused of their lack of sight, mental blindness.Goneril uses wit, deceit and Lear naivety to create such an indulgent speech of which no father could disapprove: “I love you more than word can wield the matter; Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty, Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare, No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor;… It is not until we hear all three daughters’ speeches that the audience fully understands Lear’s metaphorical blindness. Cordelia’s speech challenges Lear and portrays him as being less powerful than was implied earlier in the play.Lear misinterprets their words, thinking that Goneril and Regan both love him dearly and Cordelia does not. It is strange the way Shakespeare makes the audience aware of Cordelia’s knowledge of Lear’s blindness, yet she never says anything to Lear about it.Lear seems to be entertained by the fact that each daughter is competing against one another for his love and trust. Driven by his blindness, Lear begins to make many mistakes.It is for this reason, when, unlike her sisters, Cordelia finds it hard to lie and Lear acts in the way that he does. He not only loses his devoted daughter; but also banishes his most loyal servant, Kent. 92-93) It seems Cordelia does a poor job of expressing the fact that she truly loves her father. 96-98) It may be said that even though she feels honor and love for her father, she has failed him by not telling him what he wants to hear.This blindness is a tragic flaw, that in which, if one is not quick to realize it, it can have deadly and long term effects as developed through William Shakespeare’s King Lear.According to Shakespeare, blindness is not simply a physical issue, but rather an intellectual issue.Whether it is emotional, physical or spiritual, blindness is defined as unable to see; lacking the sense of sight; or just being sightless....[tags: King Lear, William Shakespeare, Blindness] - Blindness is defined as, according to dictionaries, “unable to see and lacking the sense of sight”, but in King Lear, written by William Shakespeare, it has a relatively new definition.It is Lear’s state of blindness that stops him from understanding and accepting Cordelia’s expression of her love. This misinterpretation by Lear costs him dearly by the end of the play.His blindness to his daughter’s intentions starts the movement of the Wheel of Fire and the fall of his kingdom.

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