What is the role of the fool in King Lear?
He is used to show lears true feelings and higlight lears foolishness
he is a significant character and is the only character in the play who can get away with talking to lear in the way in which he does.
The fool acts as a commentator on events and is one of the only characters who is fearless in speaking the truth. His 'mental eye' is the most acute in the beginning of the play. He sees Lear's daughters for what they are and has foresight to see what Lears decisions will prove disastrous.
Arguably, he could be seen as taking on the role of a wife for Lear; the absence of a mother from the main narrative, as well as the Fool's ability to be honest and accepted by the king suggests that he is taking on this role. This would then be a very interesting point on women.
The Fool's role is to provide a mirror for Lear. Early in the play, Lear has an inflated sense of his own importance and the Fool is there to show him that this image of himself is only the trappings of his authority which has been given away. Once Lear descends into madness to find himself, the Fool is no longer needed.
What are the Fool's important quotes in Shakespeare's play King Lear And can you tell me the analysis of them?
The Fool in King Lear plays the part of two characters that Shakespearian audiences are familiar with, the Jester and the Buffoon. A Jester is given freedom of speech, a well educated person able to point of the follies of his master with out reprisal. The Buffoon, or Comic Fool, will amuse with tricks, verse and nonsense. The Fool in King Lear performs both these roles, as not only does he highlight Lears failings and…