The tragic story of shakespeare’s king lear: a study of moral blindness andmadnesswhich are the two salient forces brhindking lear’s ultimate demise

This paper has been written to unveil the moral blindness of king Lear and the aftermath of blind judgement towards Cordelia, thereforeLear has gone through the phase of madness. In the play King Lear, moral blindness has been considered as the metaphorical blindness. Lear’s blind love for Cordelia forcedhim to set up the love test. He was so sure about his younger daughter’s declaration of love for him in a flattering way. But Cordelia did expressthe love for her father in a simple and lucid manner. It was the king who became blind morally after he disowned Cordelia, his youngest daughter. Without any hesitation Lear has banished Cordelia. However Kent advised Lear to reconsider his rash action and told him to see better. Instead of taking the good daughter, Lear took his evil minded daughters based on their spurious praiseworthy words to him. Besides the blindness of King Learwe have seen another example of moral and physical blindness through the character Gloucester. As we know sight doescontain the power to uplift the good judgement, but Lear was unable to see his good and honest daughter Cordelia’s love towards him. As a result Lear did set his life’splatformas jinx through chaotic and tragic events. However towards the end of this play, Learhas compelledto disguise himself. In a disguising way he did able to understand the reality of life, truth and honesty, as well as his notion of wrong judgement. Most importantly his sense of realization was late indeed,and ultimately took him towards his demise.

Farhana Haque
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