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In Elizabethan times the role of a fool or court jester was to professionally entertain others specifically the king In essence fools were paid to make mistakes Many of the fools quips and riddles were made at the expense of the king The all-licensed fool was able to get away with this due to his position 14191 By using the character of the Fool in King Lear Shakespeare intends to illustrate the imperfections in human nature by showing that all humans can be guilty of folly He portrays this in a number of characters but namely through his protagonist Lear in several important scenes of the play As the tragedy opens Lear presents his three daughters with a feigned hearing that allows them to make a public pronouncement of their love for him He is delighted when Goneril says hers is Dearer than eyesight space and liberty 1156 He is similarly pleased with Regans praises Lear foolishly believes that Goneril and Regan love and respect him the way they say they do he is oblivious to the fact that his daughters or anyone for that matter may lie for their own benefit Because he believes his eldest daughters insincere adulation Lears trial proves him a fool In addition Lear senselessly concludes that Cordelia is a disrespectful daughter and not worthy of her share of the kingdom He is irked when she states simply that she loves her father as a daughter should no more and no less I love your majestyAccording to my bond no more nor less 1192-93 Angry and humiliated at her lack of honor Lear immediately exiles Cordelia from the country Through banishment Lear intends to reduce her to nothing this being the recompense that she had earned by answering Nothing to his demand that she demonstrate her love for him Willeford 210 He then orders her to marry the King of France and finally divides the kingdom
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