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In the play King Lear by William Shakespeare there are many intriguing characters Perhaps the most intriguing of them all is the fool The fool seems to exist outside the play appearing and disappearing without warning The fool is however a necessary character to the evolution of Lears character since he is the personification of truth and reason The fool serves to show Lear how he is going insane as well as to attempt to delay this inevitability The fool also demonstrates to Lear the truths about people around him and tries to point out what treachery and deceit they wish upon him When Lear is too far-gone to heed the advice and knowledge of the fool he vanishes without a trace no longer useful or needed Right from the beginning of the play Lear shows sings of insanity Dividing up his kingdom for the reasons he stated 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 entire time he is in the play is attempting to point out these insane actions and delay Lears insanity as much as he can The fool however does not tell Lear directly 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 sulphrous and thought-executing fire vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts singe my white head III II 1-3 the fool 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
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