BLINDNESS quotes in King Lear

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LEAR AND GLOUCESTER'S INABILITY TO SEE/ THEIR HUBRIS

  • That future strife may be prevented now (Lear, 1.1)

  • How far your eyes may pierce I cannot tell;/ Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well (Albany, 1.4)

  • Thy truth then be thy dower (Lear, 1.1)

  • Hence and avoid my sight! (Lear 1.1)

  • See better Lear, and let me still remain/ The true blank of thine eye

  • (Kent, 1.1)

  • A still-soliciting eye (Cordelia, 1.1)

  • ...We

    Have no such a daughter, nor shall ever see/ That face of hers again (Lear, 1.1)

  • Let’s see (repeated) (Glouc, 1.2)

  • Dost thou know me fellow? (Lear, to disguised Kent, 1.4)

  • lexis of pretence in 3.2: “find out”, “undivulgèd”, “hide”, “perjured”, “simular”, “under covert”, “concealing” shows awareness of inability to see. 

  • “discarded fathers” (Lear, 3.4) (persistent hubris)

  • Enter Gloucester, with a torch (emphasising his inability to see despite attempts

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