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Pride arrogance and the refusal to accept reality is a failing in humans It causes them to overlook the obvious and leads to errors in judgement In tragedies this is a leading cause in why the most apparent flaws in judgement are often overlooked by characters In the play King Lear by William Shakespeare King Lear refuses to accept the reasoning that his Fool puts forth regarding Lear and his kingdoms well being To some it is natural to ignore advice from people of a lower social standing Reasoning and clear judgement is impaired when the mind is clouded with false hopes and dreams The Fool although portrayed as a humorous character in the play shows great insight into the errors of King Lear Hidden in rhyme the Fool gives Lear unheeded advice This combined with Lears lack of foresight leads to his downfall which Goneril and Regan use to take over his kingdom The Fool repeatedly voices his concern throughout the first three acts He says That lord that counseled thee To give away thy land Come place him here by me Do thou for him stand The sweet and bitter Fool Will presently appear The one in motley here The other found out there Act I sc iv line 145 - 151 The Fool comically but with an intention to provoke thought reveals his opinion towards Lears decision He voices his concern towards Lears foolish decision to divide up his kingdom among his two eldest daughters He states that there are two Fools in the kingdom the first being the Fool and the other being Lear Lear does not take kindly to the Fool commenting on his behaviour and replies Dost thou call me Fool boyAct I sciv line 152 The Fool tells Lear that he is disillusioned and is not thinking logucally and rationally He replies All thy other titles thou hast given away that thou wast
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