Contribution of the Fool in Shakespeare's "King Lear" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Contribution of the Fool in Shakespeare's "King Lear"
Examines the contribution of the Fool in William Shakespeare's play, "King Lear".
# 66659 | 1,882 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2006
Published on Jun 18, 2006 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (King Lear)

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The parallel stories of Lear's and Gloucester's sufferings at the hands of their own children reflect anxieties that would have been close to home for Shakespeare's audience. This paper explains that many of William Shakespeare's plays feature a clown of some sort, and "King Lear" arguably has two such clowns: the Fool himself and Edgar in his later disguise as Tom O'Bedlam. This essay focuses on the character of the Fool in the play, and how he can be compared to Cordelia. The author of the paper considers the contribution he makes to the play and his importance to the play as a whole in terms of the influence he has over events and other characters. The paper concludes that "King Lear" would not be the same without the character of Fool.

From the Paper:

"The word 'pined' again makes the Fool sound like a dog or puppy and suggests that there is some sort of connection between Cordelia and the Fool. They are linked in the text emotionally not only because the Fool is clearly upset when Cordelia is banished, but also because they are closest to Lear and loved most by him. It is noticeable that Cordelia and the Fool do not appear on stage at the same time at any point in the play."

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