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The Fool in King Lear There has always been a perpetual jester in a kingly court Often he has provided entertainment via his superficial jokes and has won the good graces of his master by creating an atmosphere of ebullience and joviality Rarely has there existed a fool of such vivacious and rudiment cruelty practicality and unprecedented common sense as the fool of William Shakespeares King Lear This fool is blessed with a mellifluous voice of nonsensical reason which he uses throughout the play as a function of perpetuating Lears madness to the point of a complete metamorphosis and the conception of clarity of mind The fools original and supposed role is that of entertainer although Lears Fool is a more convoluted version as he is an ironical paradox of love cruelty and is filled with didactic perspicacity One is able to see his practicality as well as his affection for Lear when he urges the King to come out of the storm Good nuncle in and ask thy daughters blessing III ii 11 The Fool primarily recognizes the severity of the storm and advises Lear to forget his pride so that he may enjoy a comfortable surrounding Heres a night pities neither wise men nor fools III ii 12 is the subsequent line which contains a subjective insult whereby the distinction of who is the wise man and who is the fool is dubitable A direct affront to the King one that is immersed in truth and sagacity occurs in Act I Scene IV when the Fool proclaims to Lear I had rather be any kind othing than a fool and yet I would not be thee nuncle I iv 176 This comment is contrived due to Lears folly in partitioning the kingdom his relinquishment of his land and the sanction for his daughters to take power The Fool attempts to make Lear ascertain his folly but it is too early
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