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Shakespearean terms, blind means a whole different thing. 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. One of Shakespeare’s most dominant Theme in his play King Lear is that of blindness. King Lear, Gloucester, and Albany are three prime examples Shakespeare incorporates this theme into. Each of these characters’s blindness was the primary cause of the bad decisions they made;...

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Deaf Blindness

Deaf Blindness Most people assume that a deaf blind child is someone who is not able to hear or see. “Our country's special educational law defines deaf-blindness as the combination of the visual and hearing impairment” (“Deaf Blindness”). These two impairments make the person lose his or her communication skills, developmental and educational needs. The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness observes that the key feature of deaf-blindness is that the "combination of losses limits access to...

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Sight or Blindness?

10th Grade, English Sight or Blindness? Throughout the play, Oedipus Rex, Sophocles makes several references about sight and blindness. Even though Tiresias is a blind man, he is the one that knows the truth and is insinuating that Oedipus doesn’t want to face it. Oedipus develops into a character blinded by all the greatness that Thebes has given him. The oracle prophesized by the gods is the main reason that led him to become the tragic hero of this play. First and foremost, Sophocles’...

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Blindness and Education

are recorded as representing a substantial portion of the poets and musicians in society.[3] In the Middle Kingdom (c. 2040-1640 BCE) blind harpists are depicted on tomb walls.[1] They were not exclusively interested in the causes and cures for blindness but also the social care of the individual.[2] [edit] 1800s The 1880s saw the introduction of compulsory elementary education for the Blind throughout the United States. (However, most states of the United States did not pass laws specifically...

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Borges’ Blindness & Dillard’s Seeing

Borges’ Blindness & Dillard’s Seeing In Jorge Luis Borges’ piece from Ficciones, “Blindness” and Annie Dillard’s piece from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, “Seeing”, we read writers’ perspectices on their own blindness. The writers contradict the common fallacies our culture has about blindness with their own personal experiences. Although both writers portray blindness in a positive light, each writer uses his disability to enhance his lives differently. Borges depicts his loss of sight as an opportunity...

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Oedipus and Blindness Imagery

January 30, 2001 In the story of Oedipus the king, Sophocles beautifully demonstrates the imagery of sight versus blindness through the use of tragedy and ignorance. Oedipus is ignorant to his own incest, therefore causing the first instance of his blindness. The second instance of Oedipus' blindness is the ignorance of his true parent's identity. The third instance of Oedipus' blindness is a literal one, in which he physically blinds himself after finding the body of his mother, or wife. Sophocles...

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Othello Analysis Paper Blindness

Analysis Paper #2 First Draft Prompt 1 People are sometimes “blinded” from reality. Even though the answer to the question may seem very apparent, it isn’t to them. “Blindness” has multiple meanings and is seen in the play “Oedipus the King” in a couple ways. When the truth is presented to Oedipus, he realizes that he was blinded to the truth for most of his life. After finding this out, he physically blinds himself. Other characters in the play were blind to the truth as well including Jocasta...

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Sight and Blindness in Oedipus Rex

In literature, blindness serves a general significant meaning of the absence of knowledge and insight. It serves this same purpose in Sophocles' classic tragedy, Oedipus Rex. In this piece, blindness manifests itself in three ways: intellectual blindness, which is the refusal or inability to accept knowledge; physical blindness, which is being without the physical sense of sight; and metaphorical blindness, which is what blindness symbolizes or means for each character affected by it. In all aspects...

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Expectations and Blindness in King Lear

and the absence of it, is a major theme in Lear. This theme is portrayed through the characters of King Lear, Gloucester and Edgar. The lack of insight, orblindness”, is very symbolic. Blindness is defined as “unable to see; lacking the sense of sight;”(Dictionary). For Lear, blindness was not physical; it was his flaw. Lear's blindness to see who a person really was, based on their character and personality, was obvious at the beginning of the play regarding Cordelia and Kent. Gloucester, on...

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Use of Blindness in Oedipus Rex

The Use of Blindness in Oedipus Rex Authors often use blindness both metaphorically and literally to describe their characters. In Oedipus Rex, Sophocles begins the play with literally blind Thebans suffering from a plague that their metaphorically blind king has brought upon them. Oedipus, being the king, is trying to help his blind Thebans. In doing this, he blindly curses the murderer of the late King Laius for bringing this plague, not knowing that the murderer is himself. When...

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