William Shakespeare’s King Lear constantly outlines the motif of blindness while blindness from the truth being the most prominent type. Involuntary blindness from the truth has a significant impact on a person’s life as it can affect aspects of one’s relationship with others, their emotional health as well as their physical health within their lifetime. The inability to see the truth creates relationships to deteriorate which is the cause of one’s emotional destruction. Thus being the ultimate reason for one’s physical demise. This involuntary inability to see the truth is what leads to the destruction of Lear, Gloucester and Regan’s relationships. Blindness from the legitimacy of one’s words and objectives is evident within these characters who cannot see the truth by the ones they are acquainted with. King Lear is blind to the true intentions of his daughters Cordelia, Goneril, and Regan. Although Cordelia possesses genuine intentions to “love his majesty/ According to her bond; no more nor less” Lear is oblivious to the fact that Cordelia loves him (1.1.91-92). Due to this blindness obtained by Lear, he banishes Cordelia as well as any relational ties he has with her. Although Lear is blind from the honest and genuine intentions of Cordelia, he is also blind to the cruel intentions of Goneril and Regan which is masked by their kindness. Lear’s inability to see the cruel schemes of his other two daughters, evidently causes Regan to order Gloucester to “Shut up your doors;” in order to keep Lear out and strip him of any withstanding dignity he has left (2.4.303). This evidently causes both of his daughters to betray him and causes Lear to leave and make the decision to leave and go live in the wild without shelter. Gloucester can parallel Lear’s role as a father who is blind to the truth in their children’s intentions. Gloucester, like Lear, is blind to the legitimacy of words spoken by both of his sons which is the origin for his withdrawal in his relationships with his sons. Gloucester is involuntarily blind to Edmund’s true intentions to steal his power and frame his brother for all of his own wrongdoing. In order for Edmund to deceive his father, he will “cue his villainous melancholy” in order to gain the power in which his father possesses (1.2.128). Edmund’s act of deception, in turn, causes Gloucester to be blind to the true intentions of his sons which causes their relationships to deteriorate. Regan being blind to Goneril’s intention to steal her power causes their relationship to become toxic as it is a repercussion of their distrust and insecurity. Regan’s blindness to see the truth of Goneril’s intentions causes a distinct shift and distrust between the two sisters. Although a separation between Regan and Goneril is present, the trust and unity they once shared is gone and is a relationship that is toxic to both sisters. Goneril basing her relationship with Regan off of greed, shows her intention to eliminate Regan “If she sustain him and his hundred knights,/When I have show’d th’unfitness,-” and has no remorse or regret if she needs to cut out Regan for her own personal gain (1.4.323-324). As well as Lear, Gloucester and Regan have their relationships destroyed through the inability to see the truth, the destruction of their relationships which eventually causes their emotional health to disintegrate. Through the destruction of relationships due to the blindness of truth, emotional health is also deteriorated for those within the broken relationships of Lear, Gloucester, and Regan. Subsequent to Lear’s relationship with both of his daughters being broken he falls into a state of madness. This relational disconnect also corresponds to the emotional distress Lear faces. While Lear lives in the woods he loses all the dignity and pride he once obtained; due to the dishonest words of his daughters. Lear’s madness is evident when he says that “O Regan, Goneril!/Your old kind father, whose frank hear gave all,-/ O that way madness lies!” and confirms that his daughters and their broken relationship is the reason for his madness (3.4.19-21). After Gloucester is blind to Edmund’s allegations towards Edgar and ceases his relationship with Edgar, he results in mental instability and continues to develop suicidal thoughts due to his loneliness. While Gloucester is unable to see his son’s actual motive, he loses the very strong relationship with Edgar as well as him believing “that benefit/To end itself by death?” and wishes to die as a result of believing to not have a purpose (4.6.61-62). As there is a relational disconnect between Edgar and Gloucester, so is there an emotional disconnect that Gloucester does not believe can be resolved. Regan’s insecurity becomes more prominent as her relationship with her sister starts to subside. Regan and Goneril both demonstrate their insecurities through their fictitious attitude towards each other. …Although Lear, Gloucester, and Regan’s blindness generate their mental health to weaken, this is also a key factor in how these characters’ physical health to decline. Blindness from the truth affects Lear, Gloucester, and Regan’s physical health due to the original destruction of their emotional deficit. Lear’s lack of realization to his blindness leads himself to reside in the forest and physically deteriorate himself. When Lear states that “Who, art mad? A man may see how this world goes with no eyes. Look with thine ears: see how yond justice rails upon yond simple thief. Hark, in thine ear: change places; and, handy-dandy, which is the justice, which is the thief? Thou hast seen a farmer’s dog bark at a beggar?” he outlines that his deteriorating physical health stems from his madness which is ultimately caused by blindness from the truth (4.6.146-151). Gloucester’s depressed mental state evidently causes his death. Gloucester is seen to die in a state “of passion, joy and grief,/Burst smilingly” and resembles the relief her felt knowing his death has arrived according to Edgar (5.3.97-98). Gloucester’s physical death is the result of being blind to his son’s intentions and therefore formulates his decision to entrust the son with worse intentions. Regan’s blindness to Goneril’s selfishness and greed eventually is the reason for her death and physical deterioration. Goneril states that “If Regan sustain him and his hundred knights,/When I have show’d th’unfitness,-” and exemplifies her selfish intentions through the use of the mention of herself and how she longs for her own power (1.4.323-324). The very abrupt completion of her statement shows that Goneril possesses no compassion towards her own sister for the sole purpose of her gaining power. The use of a dash shows that Goneril has no issue to cut off Regan if she does somewhat defy her wishes. Regan’s plan to pursue Edmund in a promiscuous way causes Goneril to “trust medicine” to harm and kill Regan to secure her desires (5.3.97).