Who is the Fool?- Grace M., Nikki M., Emily G., Aaron R., JiHyun P.

Quick Facts About the Fool:
-he serves king lear
-he is rather old (like lear)
-he openly mocks the two princesses (Goneril and Regan) and criticizes the foolishness of the king
-no one truly knows what happened to him at the end of the play...it is assumed that he is dead


Although the Fool is not a prominent character, he helps with the development and the full understanding of the character King Lear. He takes on the role of King Lear's protector since Cordelia has been banished. The Fool is the only character in the play that Lear will take advice and criticism from. The advice is usually through the form of song and he uses irony, sarcasm, and humor. He is Lear's own stand-up comedian, very self-confident and quick-witted. We see Lear and the Fool as a pair throughout the play, such as in the scene where the two brave the storm together. This shows one of the Fool's positive attributes: loyalty.

The Fool disappears after Act 3 Scene 6, but nobody explains where he's gone. The only reference to the Fool disappearing is when King Lear says "And my poor fool is hanged" (5.3.17). This line is up for multiple interpertations. We feel that the Fool was actually hanged.


Quotes by the Fool:
"Have more than thou showest,Speak less than thou knowest,Lend less than thou owest,Ride more than thou goest,Learn more than thou trowest,Set less than thou throwest;Leave thy drink and thy whore,And keep in-a-door,And thou shall have moreThan two tens to a score."
-The Fool Act I Scene IV(http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/King_Lear)
This quote captures how the Fool dares to criticize the King.

"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,And let the wise man fly:The knave turns fool that runs away;The fool, no knave, perdy."
-The Fool, Act II Scene IV (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/King_Lear)
This quote shows the Fool's loyalty for Lear.

"He's mad, that trusts in the tameness of a wolf, a horse's health, a boy's love, or a whore's oath."
-The Fool, Act III Scene VI (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/King_Lear)
This quote shows the Fool's honesty; he is admitting that the king has gone crazy.

"This is a brave night to cool a courtesan. I'll speak a prophecy ere I go:..."
-The Fool, Act III Scene 2 (http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/views/plays/characters/charlines.php?CharID=fool-kl&WorkID=kinglear)
This quote shows how the Fool is prophetic, but confusing at that.
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(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Lear)

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(http://jonespainrelief.com/blog1/index.php/exercise-gas-prices-and-chiropractic-care.html/i-pity-the-fool)

Video Links:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG-MEHn5NV8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgyxCY9dPK4