What is the relationship between madness and blindness in King Lear?

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The relationship between blindness and madness can also be seen in the abundant figurative language that links the two, often ironically.  When professing her love for her father, Goneril says her love for him is “dearer than eyesight” (1.1.56), and shortly afterwards, when Cordelia refuses to play this “love-game,” Lear says to her, “Hence and avoid my sight” (1.1.125). Kent then tells Lear after the King banishes him, “See better, Lear, and let me still remain / The true blank of thine eye” (1.1.160).  Responding to Kent, Lear swears by “Apollo,” known as an archer for being clear-sighted (161).  Lear goes mad...

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