"The Stone Angel" vs "King Lear": Blindness, Insight
Blindness; a flaw with insight`
It was once said, "What you lose in blindness is the space around you, the place where you are, and without that you might not exist. You could be nowhere at all."(Kingslover) This is a quote that can relate the characters in The Stone Angel and King Lear. In the tragedy King Lear, written by William Shakespeare and in the novel The Stone Angel, written by Margaret Laurence, the term blindness has an entirely different meaning. It is not a physical flaw, but the inability of the characters to use their thoughts and emotions to see a person for whom they truly are. King Lear, Gloucester, and Hagar are prime examples of characters that suffered most by having this flaw. Nevertheless, from this blindness leads a feeling of loneliness and hopelessness, isolation. Once this isolation has overcome them, the characters finally gain the insight that has long flawed them and indulge in self-discovery. Although these characters share these traits, it is clear that a critical difference between the two books exists in the character's ability to redeem themselves after the epiphany. Blindness gives moral insight.
The most blind of all is without a doubt King Lear, because of his high position in society. …
- "The Stone Angel" vs "King Lear": Blindness, Insight
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