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  • Blind Lear
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    Comparative Essay Oedipus the King and King Lear The Theme of Blindness March 22, 2000 BJ Wheatley 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, Shakespeare King Lear has the most dominant theme of blindness. King Lear, Gloucester, and Albany are three prime ex...
  • Lear's Blindness
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    Eye Spy with my little I 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. In William Shakespeare's King Lear, three characters display this quality of blindness and the tragic effects of this flaw: King Lear, Gloucester and Albany. Looking at Lear's position as King, he should reflect the royal quality of being able to distinguish between good and evil, but he is blind t...
  • Blindness Of King Lear And Gloucester
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    Relevance of Blindness in King Lear One of the recurring themes in Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear is that of sight and the relevance of clear vision. Through different types of characters, Shakespeare points out that neither the lack or the possession of clear vision can protect anybody from anything. Shakespeare makes use of several characters to bring across his point. The five characters I find to be the most important to the theme include two characters that were initially blind and three c...
  • Blindness
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    King Lear is in many ways like Nunez in the story The country of the Blind. They are both similiar because they both do not realize that they are both blind in what others think of them. They might think that they are right beacause both of them think that the people around them are inferior because of the way that they appear. But their judgement of appearances has blinded them. The first instance of blindness that we see is when Lear tries to divide his land to his daughters. He is blinded by ...
  • Lear's Blindness
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    In the play King Lear, Shakespeare used the main characters to portray the main theme. The main theme in this play is blindness. King Lear, Gloucester and Albany are three examples Shakespeare used to incorporate this theme. Each of these characters were "blinded" in different ways because of the wrong decisions they " ve made and later on regretted. The blindest of all was King Lear. Because of his high position as the king, people would think that he should be able to distinguish the good from...
  • Lear And Gloucester
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    Out Of Sight Out Of Mind In Shakespeare's classic tragedy, King Lear, there are several characters who do not see the reality of their environment. Two such characters are Lear and Gloucester. Both characters inhabit a blindness to the world around them. Lear does not see clearly the truth of his daughters mentions, while Gloucester is also blinded by Edmond's treachery. This failure to see reality leads to Lears intellectual blindness, which is his insanity, and Gloucester's physical blindness ...
  • Lear's Physiological Blindness
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    In Oedipus the King and King Lear, both main characters, as well as some minor characters, experience not only physical blindness, but mental blindness as well. King Lear, Gloucester, and Oedipus are "blind to the truth" in the beginning of the plays, and then experience some form of catharsis, the spiritual purging of emotions. In the end of the plays, all the blind characters gain the ability to "see". In King Lear, Lear is mentally blind. Before he divides his kingdom, Lear asks his three dau...
  • King Lear Foreshadowing
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    Many literary techniques are used to emphasize the theme of the Shakespearean play "King Lear". The dramas' theme is blindness, both mentally and physically, to the truth. In King Lear, the techniques of imagery, foreshadowing, and irony help to reinforce the drama's theme that people are blind to the truth. Imagery is used frequently and helps to create a vivid image for the audience. "Now all the plagues that in the pendulous air hang fated over men's faults lights on thy daughters". This quot...
  • Lear's Lack Of Insight
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    William Shakespeare's King Lear incorporates many themes, some which are even a recurring pattern throughout the play. The matter of vision and insight, or even the lack of it, is an important theme in this play. This theme is elegantly rendered through the characters of King Lear and Gloucester. The lack of insight or blindness in this play is quite symbolic. Blindness is most often defined as physically lacking deficient in the ability to see. In the case of King Lear, blindness and the lack o...
  • Blindness As King Lear's Tragic Flaw
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    King Lear "So, you mock my blindness? Let me tell you this. You with your precious eyes, you " re blind to the corruption of your life, to the house you live in, those you live with" (Aristotle, Oedipus Rex) Throughout the play King Lear by Shakespeare, there are many themes that can be seen. One theme that particularly stands out is blindness. Blindness plays an extremely important part throughout the play and is seen in many different instances. The idea of blindness in the play is directly re...
  • Oedipus Unlike Lear And Gloucester
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    The two works King Lear by William Shakespeare and Oedipus the King by Sophocles share similar themes. One such theme is sight versus blindness. In Shakespeare's King Lear the issue of sight versus blindness is a recurring theme. In Shakespearean terms, as well as in Sohpocles' Oedipus the King, being blind does not only refer to the physical inability to see. Blindness is used in these two works to show a mental flaw some of the characters possess and vision is not derived solely from physical ...
  • Blindness In King Lear
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    "Blindness In King Lear' "Blindness In King Lear' Essay, Research Paper Blindness in? King Lear? A reoccurring theme in Shakespeare?'s? King Lear? is the theme of blindness. Blindness in today's society is generally interpreted as the inability of the eye to see. In Shakespearian terms, blindness is not a physical state of being, but rather a temporary mental flaw. The theme of blindness in? King Lear? is clearly shown through the actions of Albany, Gloucester, and King Lear. Albany suffers from...
  • Lear's Blindness
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    The Theme of Blindness in King Learn the tragedy King Lear, the term blindness has an entirely different meaning. It is not a physical flaw, but the inability of the characters to use their thoughts and emotions to see a person for whom they truly are. They can only read what is presented to them on the surface. King Lear, Gloucester and Albany are three prime examples characters who suffered most by having this flaw. Lear was by far the blindest of the three. Because Lear was the King, one woul...
  • Shakespeare's Play King Lear
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    The ability to observe clearly and precisely is vital, because trickery of many kinds can fool us into submission. William Shakespeare's play King Lear is one of the many plays that contain the theme of blindness and vision. This important theme is present mostly in acts one and three as it provides the play with profound meanings in life. Therefore, the concept of appearance versus reality is closely connected to blindness and vision. The characters Edmund, Gloucester, and Lear all exhibit some...

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