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A fool can be defined in many meanings according to the Oxford English Dictionary On Historical Principles The word could mean a silly person or one who professionally counterfeits folly for the entertainment of others a jester clown or one who has little or no reason or intellect or one who is made to appear to be a fool word originated from North Frisian In english literature the two main ways which the fool could enter imaginative literature is that He could provide a topic a theme for mediation or he could turn into a stock character on the stage a stylized comic figure In William Shakespeares comedy Twelfth Night Feste the clown is not the only fool who is subject to foolery He and many other characters combine their silly acts and wits to invade other characters that evade reality or rather realize a dream while our sympathies go out to those It is natural that the fool should be a prominent attractive figure and make an important contribution to the action in forming the confusion and the humor in an Elizabethan drama In Twelfth Night the clown and the fools are the ones who combine humor wit to make the comedy work Clowns jesters and Buffoons are usually regarded as fools Their differences could be of how they dress act or portrayed in society A clown for example was understood to be a country bumpkin or cloun In Elizabethan usage the word clown is ambiguous meaning both countryman and principal comedian Another meaning given to it in the 1600 is a fool or jester As for a buffoon it is defined as a man whose profession is to make low jests and antics postures a clown jester fool The buffoon is a fool because although he exploits his own weaknesses instead of being exploited by othershe resembles other comic fools This is similar to the definition of a Jester who
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