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addition, the Earl of Gloucester is another character which is affected by
blindness. Gloucester’s inability to see causes him to be incapable of seeing
the true villain out of his two sons, Edgar and Edmund. Edgar, Gloucester’s
legitimate son and next in line for the crown, has always been loyal and
faithful to him but Edmund, Gloucester’s illegitimate son, has always felt like
a second class citizen. Edmund sets up a plan in an attempt to pit his father
against his own brother. Edmund is successful and Gloucester is furious from
the news he received from Edmund. Due to the series of events which unfold,
Edgar is forced to flee from home because Gloucester wants to kill him before
Edgar kills him. Gloucester’s blindness prohibits him from correctly addressing
the situation and confronts Edgar instead. All Edgar’s life he was loving and
loyal towards his father yet Gloucester still took Edmunds words and believed
that Edgar wanted to kill him. Edmund’s plans took Gloucester’s blindness as
leverage as well as an effort to become the next heir to his title instead of
Edgar who was rightfully supposed to take over. As the plot of the story
reaches a climax, a turn of events leads to Gloucester being named a traitor by
wicked characters named Cornwall and Regan. Regan and Cornwall decide to punish
Gloucester; they decide to pluck Gloucester’s eyes from his head, which results
in him losing his eyesight. He is then kicked out of the kingdom and left to
fend from himself. It is only then when he is in a state of complete and utter vulnerability
that he sees which son has always loved him. In a state of realization
Gloucester states:

have no way and therefore want no eyes.

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stumbled when I saw. Full oft ’tis seen,

means secure us, and our mere defects

our commodities. O dear son Edgar,

food of thy abusèd father’s wrath,

I but live to see thee in my touch,

say I had eyes again! (Shakespeare IV.I.19-25)  

the quotation, Gloucester comes to the realization that with eyes he is
oblivious to the truth. He speaks of actually also benefiting from the loss of
his eyes as he is now capable of making clear decisions. At this point
Gloucester gains insight into the true identity of his children as well as
which of them actually loves him. Realizes all the wrong he has done in his
past and tries to mend the relationship between himself and his genuine son,
Edgar. Gloucester’s misunderstanding of the truth due to his lack of
consideration causes him to misinterpret the true nature of both his sons. As
the article states, “There comes a time when the King, too, is childishly
unable to understand anything beyond the most external details of another’s
situation” (KREIDER). Gloucester initially was not able to correctly assess
both sides of the situation, which is a demonstration of his inability to
comprehend the truth behind the facades. Gloucester’s punishment
which leads to his blindness makes true to his emotional blindness in regards
towards Edmund and Edgar, his sons.