The Importance of ‘Sight’ in King Lear
In Shakespeare's classic tragedy, King Lear, the issue of
sight and its relevance to clear vision is a recurring theme.
Shakespeare's principal means of portraying this theme is through the
characters of Lear and Gloucester. Although Lear can physically see,
he is blind in the sense that he lacks insight, understanding, and
direction. In contrast, Gloucester becomes physically blind but gains
the type of vision that Lear lacks.
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heart. The physical world
that the eye can detect can accordingly hide its evils with physical
attributes, and thus clear vision cannot result from the eye alone.
Lear's downfall was a result of his failure to understand that
appearance does not always represent reality. Gloucester avoided a
similar demise by learning the relationship between appearance and
reality. If Lear had learned to look with more than just his eyes, he
might have avoided this tragedy.