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The Role of The Fool - King Lear

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Amylee Hu

on 7 May 2013

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Transcript of The Role of The Fool - King Lear

The Fool as the Voice of Reason Speaks of prophecies Video: Jack Whitehall on Graham Norton Introduction Thesis The Fool as the Voice of Reason Acts as Lear's conscience The Fool Protecting Lear The Fool's loyalty to Lear The Fool's Contribution to Comic Relief Criticizes and insults Lear The Role of the Fool King Lear Throughout William Shakespeare’s tragedy, King Lear, the Fool illustrates his importance to the dynamic of the plot through comic relief, acting as the voice of reason and serving as Lear’s caretaker. By: Amylee Hu-Fouye Conclusion In Shakespeare’s play, King Lear, the Fool proves to be a significant character through his contribution to comic relief, acting as the voice of reason and, extending his duty to caring and protecting King Lear. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxPRU5t_ajI What is Jack Whitehall's job? Comedian
An entertainer whose act is designed to make an audience laugh.
An amusing or entertaining person.
Makes people laugh sometimes at the expense of others If Jack was to insult you, would you take it seriously? No because he tells everything as joke
Not take the criticism seriously
Truth to what he is saying but disguised as humor Do you believe Jack is a wise person? Yes since he tells the truth about things in this case Robert Pattinson's acting in a clever way that will appeal to the audience Relation Between Jack Whitehall and the Fool Both Jack Whitehall and the Fool play the same societal role as their job is to provide the people with comedy.
The Fool and Jack Whitehall are wise and tell the truth about the topic they are discussing in a clever way disguised through humor.
However, the Fool also has the additional role of protecting Lear. Questions About Video Use of wit and humor to mock Lear's actions
“If thou follow him, thou / must needs wear my coxcomb,” (1.4.101-02)
Tells Kent disguised as Caius to take his jester's cap as he is now following the true fool being Lear.
Lear is a fool for trusting Regan and Goneril and banishing Cordelia
Demonstrates his use of criticism to get Lear to listen to his mistakes Speaks through riddles and songs In order to amuse the king, he will occasionally sing or speak in riddles instead of just plainly speaking.
“Fools had ne’er less grace in a year, / For wise men are grown foppish; / And know not how their wits to wear, / Their manners are so apish.” (1.4.163-66).
Through song, the Fool tells Lear that old wise men have grown foolish and are now left imitating the fools.
Shows how the Fool uses song and riddles to deliver an important key message to Lear. His job itself is to amuse Lear The Fool is responsible for providing comedy throughout the play
“If thou wert my fool, nuncle, I’d have thee / beaten for being old before thy time.” (1.5.38-39).
The Fool tells Lear if he was a fool he would be whipped for being old and unwise.
The Fool is punished (usually whipped) if he does not provide entertainment to King Lear. Narrates Lear's internal struggle and thoughts.
“If I gave them all my living, I’d keep my cox- / combs myself. There’s mine! beg another of they daugh- /ters.” (1.4.105-07).
Describes Lear as a fool for giving his daughters everything and now relying on Goneril and Regan to take care of him.
Voices Lear's concerns and further makes him realize his mistakes. Only character allowed to tell Lear the truth Lear accepts the truth from the Fool as he is able to disguise them with comedy.
“Fathers that wear rags/ Do make their children blind; / But fathers that bear bags / Shall see their children kind.” (2.4.55-58).
Proves to Lear that the basis of his relationship with Goneril and Regan is materialism rather than love.
Makes Lear realize that he will now see the real side of Goneril and Regan since he has no power. The Fool is able to foreshadow the future.
This is a brave night to cool a courtesan. I’ll / speak a prophecy ere I go: / When priests are more in word than matter; / When brewers mar their malt with water; / When nobles are their tailors’ tutors, / No heretics burned, but wenches’ suitors; / When every case in law is right; No square in debt nor no poor knight; / When slanders do not live in tongues; / Nor cutpurses come not to throngs;/ When usurers tell their gold I’ the field; / And bawds and whores do churches blind: / Then shall the realm of Albion / Come to great confusion. / Then come the time, who lives to see’t, / That going shall be used with feet.” (3.2.82-97).
The Fool knows that everything is turning to chaos
Demonstrates the Fool's intellect as he foreshadows the dreadfulness in the current situation Tries to do what is best for Lear Cooperates with Lear in his madness The Fool stays with Lear even through the worst situations.
“That sir which serves and seeks for gain, / And follows but for form. / Will pack when it begins to rain / And leave thee in the storm. / But I will tarry; the fool will stay,” (2.4.84-89).
Loyal to King Lear rather than following anyone who has the power.
Illustrates the theme of following power. The Fool tries to care for Lear and talk him into doing the most reasonable thing.
“O nuncle, court holy water in a dry house is bet- / ter than this rain out o’ door.” (3.2.10-11).
Once out in the storm the Fool tries to convince Lear to take any type of shelter.
The Fool is aware that if Lear continues to walk around in this storm, he may become terminally ill due to Lear's physical unfit body.
What Lear wants is not best for the situation. The Fool guides Lear in his madness.
“Prithee, nuncle, be contented! ‘Tis a naughty / night to swim in.” (3.4.113-14).
When Lear talks to Poor Tom, he comes to the realization that people hide their true selves with clothes and attitudes so he begins to tear at his clothes.
The Fool advises him against this decision.
The Fool attempts to reason with Lear despite his mental state of being mad. Introduction Both good and bad influences affect a person's personality and outlook on life.
Role: the rights, obligations, and expected behavioral patterns associated with a particular social status.
One may have a more significant role in someone's life over another person.
The Fool plays a very significant role in Lear's life not only as an entertainer but extending to the personal aspects of his life. However, the role someone plays in a person’s life may be a reflection on his or her personality.
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