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Out of all the characters in King Lear the most exciting character had to be The Fool The fool keeps appearing and disappearing making the play interesting The fool is an essential character to the evolution of Lears character since he is the image of truth and reason The fool shows Lear how he is going insane as well as attempts to delay this inevitable The fool also shows the truth of the people around him and tries to point out what trickery they want to do upon him Right from the start of the play Lear shows sings of insanity Dividing up his kingdom for the reasons he stated in the book may seem to be a wise thing to do Not trusting Cordelia however is a sing of insanity as she is the only daughter who truly loved him The fool throughout the time he is in the play attempts to point out these insane actions and delay Lears insanity as much as he can The fool however does not tell Lear that he is going insane Then I prithee be merry Thy will shalt not go slipshodI IV 11-12 The fool uses riddles and jokes to convey his message to Lear Even when Lears insanity was causing the fool discomfort Blow winds and crack your cheeks Rage Blow Your cataracts and huricanoes spout till you have drenched our steeples drowned the cocks You sulpshrous and thought-executing fire vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts singe my white head III II 1-3 The fool always stayed by his side and tried to convince Lear to go inside O nuncle court holy water in a dry house is better than this rain water out odoor III II 10-11 He doesnt care about his well being he just wants to help the King any way he can The fool also helps Lear by pointing out certain truths about people as well as flaws in his actions After Goneril
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