In Shakespeare's King Lear, there are several sequences which display the varying perceptions of different characters. The perceptions of the characters often differs because of what they are able to see and also in their nature. Such factors obstruct their vision, not allowing them to see clearly. One sequence which may illustrate this is the banishing of Cordelia after she refuses Lear's test of love. Another sequence is the gouging of Gloucester's eyes by Cornwall. A third sequence which shows the indifference of opinion within the characters is Lear's death at the end of the play.
As the play opens up, Gloucester and Kent are speaking of Lear's intention to divide his kingdom according to a test of love. It is this test of love which causes Lear to banish his most beloved daughter Cordelia. When asked how much she loves her father, Cordelia replies that she loves him according to her bond, no more nor less . This response angers Lear and causes him to ban her for her refusal to comply. Lear is held to the belief that she does not love him. He believes that the daughter which had loved him the most (and who he loved the most) has broken his heart. He is suspicious and bans her because he thinks that she is the only daughter who doesn't love him. It is Lear's rashness which prevents him from seeing that she is speaking the truth. It is the same rashness which leads him to believe that Goneril and Regan are being truthful. Kent believes that Lear is wrong and openly tells him so. He says in a straightforward manner that he is both mad and an old man . Kent believes that Lear's decision was a "hideous rashness." He continues to speak, even as Lear asks him to stop. He tells Lear to see better as he is banned. It is in Kent's nature to speak what he feels, without hiding things. He did not understand Lear's condition and his rashness. Regan thought that because of the banishing of both Cordelia and Kent, now Lear will have abrupt fits . She thinks that her and Goneril are the next victims of Lear and must be careful. Goneril sees the banishing as poor judgment on Lear's part . She says that it has always been in his nature to be rash . She is not surprised by his actions. She, as Regan does, believes that they must be careful in their actions or they might be affected by him too . Goneril decides that it would be a smart move to do something soon , before Lear can act against them or perhaps discover their true nature. Both Goneril and Regan know that they had to lie in order to receive a share of the kingdom. They decided to take initiative before they could be affected. Both of them act out of greed in more power. If Lear bans Cordelia, then it is simply a larger inheritance for both of them. The two daughters do not find a problem in that. Albany does not understand what Lear's reasoning is . He remains puzzled over why Lear would do such a thing and asks the Gods for assistance . As Burgundy learns of Lear's actions, he restates his interest in only what Lear had offered him . He still expects to receive Cordelia along with her dowry, but drops the idea of taking her as his bride as soon as Lear tells him that she no longer carries a dowry. France rescues Cordelia from her misery after Burgundy refuses to marry her, but only after speaking to Lear. When he first hears of Cordelia's banishing, he thinks that it is strange that the one who he loved the most would do something so monstrous as to strip his benevolence . After speaking to Cordelia and listening to what she has to say, he realizes that she had spoken the truth and still loves Lear the most. In his noble sense, he sees Lear's decision as rash (but does not say anything) and takes Cordelia in. This characterizes France as one who can see through Lear's rashness and understand the condition of both Cordelia and her father. The Fool, like Kent,