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Blindness In Literature (By: Emily Hollis

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What is Blindness in text? The definition of blindness in literature is not technically being blind! The actual definition of blindness is - a physical representation of a metaphorical blindness to circumstance.

Many people wonder why the author uses blindness. Having a character being blind to a certain event, like a coming storm or tramatic event, makes the novel more interesting to read. They include blindness to emphasize other levels of sight.

Why do authors use it?

A sign of an author using blindness within text is when you spot foreshadowing. Whenever an author talks about a future event that has not occured yet, the main character or characters are "blind" to this event in their future. This adds the intensity to the text, making the reader want to read more to see what will happen to the main character and how they will react to this upcoming event.

Where to look for Blindness within text

Foreshadowing and blindness of a character is essential to novels discussing growth. When the author foreshadows something in the characters future, it makes the reader excited to continue reading to discover how the character takes the situation. It also makes the reader appreciate the growth of the character by discovering who they become and how they react. Sometimes even vice a versa.

One of the first books I thought of when thinking of character blindness was the male character within the book Lolita. It starts in the beginning as the male character writing to Lolita and his story in prison. And then, throughout the whole book, explains to how he got to that point and how "blind" he was to the fact that being in love with young childern have consequences.

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By: Emily Hollis


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