Character Analysis Of Shakespeare's 'The Fool And The Drunk'

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The Fool and the Drunk The fool is a frequent character type in the work of William Shakespeare. The Shakespearean fool is usually a person of lower social standing, able to use their brains to beat out people of higher social standing. In a sense, they resemble the fools, and jesters of Shakespeare’s time, but their abilities are exaggerated for theatrical effect. Trinculo and Stefano provide a comic foil to the other pairs of higher social and powerful standing, such as Prospero and Alonso. Trinculo and Stefano discredit the squabbles and pressure between Prospero and the other aristocrats through their own.
The Stefano-Trinculo-Caliban subplot mirrors the one of Antonio-Sebastian in the sense of the dark, murderous, conspiratorial aspects
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At this point in the play, Caliban begins to explain his subservient situation towards Prospero. Throughout the conversation, Ariel, although she is invisible, calls out to the three, trying to interrupt Caliban’s story. “Thou liest” (III.ii.72). This creates a squabble to erupt, ironically similar to the other squabbles between Prospero and other nobles in previous scenes. Though, in this scene Trinculo and Caliban are yelling obscene, comical, derogatory terms at each other. This is an example of through drunken, comical relief, previous squabbles that resemble this one lose their intensity. The squabble comes to a sudden halt once Caliban begins to laugh “ha, ha, ha” (III.ii.77). This laughter erupts randomly, a sudden drunken realization of the stupidity of the situation and the reality of how much he actually cared about the interruption …show more content…
Similarly, Caliban, Stefano, and Trinculo continue patrolling the island purposelessly, Stefano, continuing his drunken stupor describes how the island would be if he able to rule it—“I will kill this man. His daughter and I will / be king and queen—save our graces!—and / Trinculo and thyself shall be viceroys.—Dost thou / like the plot, Trinculo?” (III.ii.105-108). this mirrors the conversation between Gonzalo, Antonio, and Sebastian in Act II, scene i. The mirroring of this plot by Stefano and Trinculo, the drunks, later in the play could be a way to comically discredit the plan, to foreshadow the plan unsuccessful since two drunks were able to think of it as

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