King Lear- Sight/Blindness

‘With washed eyes/Cordelia leaves you’ Cordelia Act 1 Scene 1-her eyes are clean, she can see clearly, is not blind like Lear
‘Let’s see!’ ‘i shall not need spectacles’ Gloucester Act 1 Scene 2-Edmund showing Gloucester the fake letter-semantic field of sight-irony; Gloucester later is made blind, which is then, where he can begin to see the truth. ANAGNORIS
‘Out, vile jelly!’ Cornwall Act 3 Scene 7-when Gloucester is being tortured and his eyes are plucked out-grim, harsh imagery-suggests Gloucester’s eyesight is ‘vile’/ corrupt
‘All dark and comfortless’ Gloucester Act 3 Scene 7-he is now blind-sees the world for what it truly is ‘dark and comfortless’
‘See better, Lear, and let me still remain/ The true blank of thine eye’ Kent Act 1 Scene 1-when he is banished-Lear is mistaken for banishing him, the person who sees the truth for him-without him, he is blind-suggests Kent represents part of Lear’s conscience.
‘I have no way and therefore want no eyes’ Gloucester Act 4 Scene 1-doesn’t want to see the word for what it is
‘Hence and avoid/ my sight!’ Lear Act 1 Scene 1 to Cordelia-Conveys the reality of the human condition that people banish those that give them truth and honest and prefer as well as reward lies and deception- Syntax putting ‘avoid’ at the end of the line emphasises this
‘Blasts and fogs upon thee!’ Lear Act 1 Scene 4-‘fogs’ depicts Lear’s inability to see peoples’ true character- The use of the plosive ‘Blasts’ and exclamatory punctuation shows Lear’s frustration with his inability to see

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