The Fool Brief Summary; AO2, AO3, AO4


The Fool : 


  • “Her boat hath a leak and she must not speak”. Speaks in rhymed verse, not a low status character who speaks in prose nor nobility who speaks in blank verse. 
  • “If thou were my fool nuncle, i’d have thee beaten for being old before thy time”
  • “Dost thou call me a fool boy?”
  • “Thou hadst little wit in thy bald crown when thou gavs’t away thy golden one”
  • “Lear’s shadow” - he is Lear's moral and spiritual subconscience
  • Disappears when Lear finally realises the true nature of life in Act 3 Scene 6. 
  • Same actor played both Fool and Cordelia; in Shakespearean times the same person often played more than one character. They both assume the role of Lear's protector, when one is present the other need not be. Cordelia's "nothing" is echoed in the Fool's "nothing can be made of nothing". 


  • Tolstoy; “The fool utters senseless words” & “The




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