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A fool perhaps more then meets the eyeHes called the fool yet he is the least foolish character throughoutthe play Deceiving right Yes he is funny and comic but the foolhas a lot more significance in King Lear then just the comedian We seethe fool portray trustworthy and loyal personalities The fool alsohelps Lear realize what is going on in his life and to see it in a newperspective Last but definitely not least is the most obvious thefool is important to the play for a sense of comic relief Lets lookinto this furtherFirst of all to better our understanding on the significance of thefool throughout King Lear we should define the role of a fool inShakespearian times The fool is a person whose role is to entertainthe kingroyalty At the same time the fool has an impact on the waythe king thinks through what he is saying The fool is the only personwho can and is supposed to say the things that come to his mind Seemsto be an easy job to only say what comes to your mind yet it proves tobe challenging considering you have to try to portray your thoughts in ahumorous way yet still be able to make your point clear During theplay we see that the fool is in a bad position an example we see duringthe play is when he states Theyll have me whipped for speaking truethoult have me whipped for lying and sometimes I am whipped forholding my peace 14 187-189 He can never be liked by everyone andhe we always get in trouble no matter what he does This proves what ahard job the fool really had and how no one really had any respect forwhat he was doing Knowing all of these facts helps us realize thesignificance of the fool throughout the play A major significance of the
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