Blindness affects Lear and Gloucester differently. While in the case of Lear blindness is used in a metaphorical sense, Gloucester is taken his eyes out by Cornwall. Although Gloucester?s blindness implies a physical inability, it can be comparet to that of Lear?s because they are not able to differentiate the good children from the evil ones... displayed 300 characters
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Blindness can be defined as the inability of the eye to see but for Shakespeare blindness implies not a physical handicap but a mental flaw. displayed next 300 characters
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