This concept was particularly important during the Elizabethan era, because religion played such a significant role in everyday life.
The plucking of Gloucester's eyes can be perceived as another instance in which divine justice is lacking.
Gloucester has made several errors in judgment, as has Lear; but the brutal nature of Gloucester's blinding — the plucking out of his eyes and the crushing of them under Cornwall's boots — is surely in excess of any errors he might have made.
This examination highlights that Lear’s miscalculation concerning the value of human life is mutually inclusive with social evolution.
Madness, and by extension reason, is illustrated in crucial elements within the play: its relation to power, social structure, generational conflict and filial bond; all of which are framed within a society enduring the ravages of social evolution. and the interplay of our sense of autonomy and reciprocity and fairness,” which underlines the centrality of social hierarchy and man’s sense of fairness or justice in an evolving world (132).