The Omnipresence of Foolishness
and the Thin Line between Foolishness and Kingship
in ShakespeareÃÂ´s King Lear.
"Ask him his purposes, why he appears upon this call oÃÂ´thÃÂ´trumpet."
Introduction Page 2
The Fool Outside 3
The Omnipresence of Foolishness 7
1. The Centrality of Marginality 7
2. The Mask of Folly 9
LearÃÂ´s Shadow 12
1. Type and Anti-type 12
2. The Loyal Fool 14
3. The Royal Fool 16
The Bitter Fool and the Cassandra Tragedy 18
"O that I were a fool! I am ambitious for a motley coat [...] I must have liberty withal, as large a charter as the wind, to blow on who I please, for so fools have"
"[Der Narr] war eine wandelnde Warnung und erinnerte seinen Herrscher daran, wie klein die Spanne zwischen dem mÃÂ¤chtigen KÃÂ¶nig und dem verlachten Toren war."
The Fool in William ShakespeareÃÂ´s King Lear - strange and nameless as a character, without fundamental dramatical indispensability as a figure, and seemingly without any tragical qualities as a jester.
And though, with all that he seems to lack if taken by his face value, LearÃÂ´s Fool plays a significant part in the tragedy. "Does Shakespeare violate the canon of decorum or seemliness when he introduces the Fool as companion to the King?" Is a fool in the right place when set into a tragedy, and is LearÃÂ´s Fool an adequate "companion", or is he more than just that? Then what is his relationship to his master like? What is the FoolÃÂ´s function in the play, be it on the dramatical level or the symbolical?
Within this paper, I will try and find some possible and plausible, though certainly not final answers to the questions above. Therefore, I will firstly explain the FoolÃÂ´s general...