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  • Place Between Lear And Cordelia
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    Many of the passages of King Lear, particularly those between the characters of Lear, Kent, the Fool, and Cordelia, all share a common theme. The imagery of nothing, as well as that of blindness, echoes throughout the play. King Lear is in many ways about nothing. However, Kent, the Fool, and Cordelia make him more than nothing does by serving faithfully, speaking bluntly, and loving unconditionally. The first occurrence of the imagery of nothing takes place between Lear and Cordelia. In this pa...
  • Role Of The Fool In King Lear
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    The Fool is a tremendously substantial character in William Shakespeare's tragedy, King Lear. Traditionally, fools were the equivalent of court jesters and were thought to be insane. They were customarily physically and sometimes even mentally impaired. Persons became fools as the result of an aristocratic individual's compassion or boredom. Often times, fools were taken in by kings and given room and board in exchange for their tomfoolery. Fools such as Lear's were never held accountable for wh...
  • Lear A Bitter Fool
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    Re-educating A King: King Lear's Self-Awareness Halfway down Hangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade! Methinks he seems no bigger than his head: The fisherman that walk along the beach Appear like mice. Although this quote from Shakespeare's King Lear is made by Poor Tom this unknowing father Gloucester about the terrain far below them, it accurately summarizes the plight of the mad king. Lear is out of touch with his surroundings, riding high upon the wave of power associated with the m...
  • Fool And Cordelia
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    Although the Fool and Cordelia are similarly candid towards their King, they never interact in Shakespeare's King Lear, because the Fool is a chaotic influence while Cordelia is a stabilizing force. While the Fool and Cordelia both act in the Lear's best interest, it is not always evident to Lear. The Fool's actions often anger the King, and lead to an increase in his madness. On the other hand, Cordelia's actions more often soothe Lear, and coax him back into sanity. Another commonality between...
  • Fool's Insight Into The Situation Lear
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    Question #3: Consider the wisdom of King Lear's fool. Look closely at the interplay between Lear and his fool and at the speeches of the fool, which offer instruction to the king. Look for connection the play makes between Lear's fool and the other "fools" in the play - Cordelia, Kent, and Poor Tom. King Lear's fool is undoubtedly one of the wisest characters in the play. He is not only able to accurately analyze a situation which many other characters are blind to, but he is also able to foresh...
  • Lear's Insanity
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    In the play King Lear, by William Shakespeare, there are many intriguing characters. Perhaps the most intriguing of them all is the fool. The fool seems to exist outside the play appearing and disappearing without warning. The fool is, however, a necessary character to the evolution of Lear's character, since he is the personification of truth and reason. The fool serves to show Lear how he is going insane, as well as to attempt to delay this inevitability. The fool also demonstrates to Lear the...
  • Type Of Fool In King Lear
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    Erik I rre April 26, 1999 "Fools and Kings" Shakespeare's dynamic use of irony in King Lear aids the microcosmic illustration of not only 16th century Britain, but of all times and places. The theme that best develops this illustration is the discussion of fools and their foolishness. This discussion allows Shakespeare not only to portray human nature, but also to elicit a sort of Socratic introspection into the nature of society's own ignorance as well. One type of fool that Shakespeare involve...
  • Fool And Lear
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    Shakespeare provides an assortment of characters in King Lear. These colorful players are categorized as being either: a major character, a minor character or a foil character. In King Lear, there is more to the fool then what is portrayed. A fool is suppose to be a playful jester, someone without a reason with the sole purpose to entertain an audience. Lear's fool is a mysterious character that appears only for a short while. Within that time frame, the fool serves an important purpose. The foo...
  • Character Of The Fool In King Lear
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    AN Insight Into The Consciuosness Of King AN Insight Into The Consciuosness Of King Lear The images of sight given, taken, or abused resonate deeply in King Lear from Kent's first imperative, "See better, Lear' (I. i. 158), to the painful images of a stumbling, eyeless Gloucester. Such imagery, drawn both dramatically and verbally, illustrates well the theme of consciousness. Consciousness in this play refers to seeing the world without through the lens of the world within. The success of King L...

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