Blindness Setting & Symbolism

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Blindness

Nearly all of the characters in the novel experience a type of blindness where they are able to see only a milky whiteness. This blindness appears to be caused by a highly contagious disease that spreads very rapidly and has a near-immediate onset. The blindness lasts for several weeks and then goes away within seconds. The disease, referred to as the white sickness, does not appear to have any other physical manifestation.

The First Man's Car

The first man goes blind while driving his car. He stops for a traffic light and then goes blind. After causing a traffic disturbance, he is finally assisted by the thief who drives him home and escorts him to his apartment. The thief then retains the car keys and steals the blind man's car. He drives the car across town but becomes extremely agitated, fearing he may be apprehended for the...

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