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9. Symbols: Who's King of the Blind?

King Lear

William Shakespeare, 1608
Famous for: Betrayal, madness, death … and the squelching of freshly-plucked eyes.

Warning! There’s a pretty graphic eye-plucking scene in King Lear. But Shakespeare didn’t just get rid of Gloucester’s eyes for the drama of the act. In fact, gross as it is, the eye-gouging serves a larger purpose in King Lear. Check out this video for 60 seconds on the symbol of blindness.

 

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