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Sebastian Crichton King Lear and the Fool There is much to be said of Lear and The Fool I believe that The Fool in King Lear serves as an unbiased advisor providing Lear with many lessons that a more powerful being would not have attempted due to fear of the kings wrath The Fool had the ability to be totally honest with Lear fore he had no rank or status to be stripped of I find it utmost ironic that the more powerful a being becomes the more he or she must carefully expound their advice In a world that does not reward truth truth has a way of being pushed aside In order to dissect The Fools true function and nature he must be observed in close detail The Fool is dressed as a poor man which becomes significant since a focus of the plot is on the loss of status and position King Lear employs The Fool to provide entertainment for himself It was not uncommon for Lear to be at the blunt end of many of The Fools jokes In such fashion The Fool often revealed much truth during these comedic moments using base language as a tool I would like to explicate a passage to clearly identify how significant The Fool is during the play In Act III Scene II the fool addresses Lear to indicate what would truly be just free of perverse motives The statement made by The Fool may be classified as a prophecy additionally note how The Fool is very wise and in tune with the ways of the world Do not let his title mislead you thinking that The Fool is incompetent or without wisdom During this speech made by The Fool he states When every case in law is right No squire in debt nor no poor knight When slanders do not live in tongues Nor cutpurses come not to throngs The
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