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The Fool in King Lear manifests the underlying themes of deception and ignorance by breaking away from the archetypal person of a fool The Fool is a walking contradictionthough he appears as a joker who simply uses puns and jokes to amuse his master in reality he uses these devices to reveal his true intelligence The Fool uses his wisdom to bring out three major themes of the play deception betrayal and ignorance Overall the Fool employs irony and wisdom to showcase Lears hamartia and predict his eventual downfall The Fool not only defies his own appearance but he is also able to expose others living behind faulty perceptions In the play The Fool and Lear ultimately switch personas embodying the opposite of their appearances The Fool presents Lears reversal of fortune when he states The sweet and bitter fool will presently appear the one mutley here the other found out there 14141-144 Lear previously seen as an admirable and respectable leader is reduced to what is perceived to be the most idiotic of men Furthermore the Fools statement reveals his own inner knowledgeby realizing Lears mistakes and flaws the Fool exhibits the vast wisdom hidden behind his foolish exterior Moreover Kent is able to express a similar sentiment when he says this is not altogether a fool my lord 14147 The Fool is able to bring out the theme of deception through his conversation with Lear which in turn reveals a newfound truth behind both individuals The Fools foreshadowing of Goneril and Regans betrayal causes the change in persona Lear undergoes The Fool hints at the impending treachery when he tells Lear the hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long that is had it head bit off by it young 14209-210 Through this metaphor the Fool is able to reveal to Lear the mistake he has made by leaving his riches to Goneril and Regan By doing so the Fool acts as the
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