Throughout King Lear, Shakespeare combines many ideas, and techniques in order to allow the reader to fully understand the morals behind the main themes, Sight and blindness. This is achieved by integrating techniques which stem from the central plot in order to add and explain additional ideas and devices such as deception, and inversion. Sight and blindness are common theme’s that are found continuously throughout the text, in order to convey the mindset of characters, specifically Lear. Both deception and order and disorder are other key themes in the text, which are used to illustrate sight, blindness and Lear’s overall Folly. These ideas are also supported by techniques such as imagery and antithesis, in order to show the deceptive, greed driven acts of people, as well as the inversion of Lear’s kingdom as a result of his folly.
A reoccurring concept throughout King Lear is the theme of sight and blindness in order to physically convey the deception Lear experiences from his daughters. Shakespeare often links sight and blindness to Lear in order to identify Lear’s foolishness, at dividing his kingdom. In act 1 Kent speaks to Lear, in an attempt to force him to “see better Lear, and let me remain the true blank of thine eye” showing Lears lack of insight and foolishness in dividing his kingdom, and giving each of his daughters, Gonerill and Regan, who have deceived Lear telling him how wise and great he is, to attain personal gain. In dividing his kingdom, Lear has also gone against the divine order of being, and in doing so foreshadows his certain downfall as a result of the deceptive acts of his daughters Gonerill and Regan as well as his own short sightedness driven by his vanity and need to be told how great and wise he is. The progressive undoing Lear experiences is indicative of a tragedy, where the main character often has a fatal flaw which leads to their degradation. In making constant refererecnes to events where Lear finds himself to be “out...
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