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Jester Clowns Buffons in Twelfh Night A fool can be defined in many meanings according to theOxford English Dictionary On Historical Principles The wordcould mean a silly person or one who professionallycounterfeits folly for the entertainment of others a jesterclown or one who has little or no reason or intellect orone who is made to appear to be a fool word originated fromNorth Frisian In english literature the two main ways whichthe fool could enter imaginative literature is that He couldprovide a topic a theme for mediation or he could turn into astock character on the stage a stylized comic figure InWilliam Shakespeares comedy Twelfth Night Feste the clown isnot the only fool who is subject to foolery He and many othercharacters combine their silly acts and wits to invade othercharacters that evade reality or rather realize a dream whileour sympathies go out to those It is natural that the foolshould be a prominent attractive figure and make an importantcontribution to the action in forming the confusion and thehumor in an Elizabethan drama In Twelfth Night the clown andthe fools are the ones who combine humor wit to make the comedywork Clowns jesters and Buffoons are usually regarded as foolsTheir differences could be of how they dress act or portrayed insociety A clown for example was understood to be a countrybumpkin or cloun In Elizabethan usage the word clown isambiguous meaning both countryman and principal comedianAnother meaning given to it in the 1600 is a fool or jesterAs for a buffoon it is defined as a man whose profession is tomake low jests and antics postures a clown jester foolThe buffoon is a fool because although he exploits his ownweaknesses instead of being exploited by othershe resemblesother comic fools This is similar to the definition of aJester who is also known as a buffoon or a merry andrew Onemaintained in a princes court or noblemans household Asyou
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