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    When fools are present in literature, they serve to provide a meaningful purpose to the plot. In this draft, I will explain the parallelism that Willy Wonka and the fool in King Lear hold. Furthermore, I will provide a brief distinction between fools in literature, establish a placement for Lear’s fool and Willy Wonka, a list of how I plan to connect these two characters and I will finally explain the connections. There are two types of fools in literature; there are fools by nature and fools by design. Fools by nature are fools who lack any grey matter and common sense (Winterman). Natural fools are either incapable or insensible of their actions. Hence, natural fools are viewed as innocent beings. In contrast, fools by design are wise fools. They are smarter than those in position of authority. Fools by design usually reveal the truth of a situation. In a way, they are a form of social commentary. As a result, the fool’s wisdom occupies a place in opposition to that of learned knowledge.…

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    The Mad Companions: Comparing Edgar and the Fool In King Lear, Shakespeare draws several character parallels. Comparing the individuals that serve similar roles in the play lets the reader better understand the purpose of each individual. Three characters in the play that have a lot in common, and are often compared, are Edgar, the fool, and Cordelia. Because it is speculated that Cordelia and the Fool were meant to be played by the same people, the two characters are often explored as having…

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    GIMPEL THE FOOL With magnificent characterization and an outstanding point of view, the story "Gimpel the Fool", written by Isaac Bashevis Singer, clearly strengthens the age-old thought that repentance and good deeds will be…

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    Ferguson Tamblyn’s theory, all of these misfortunes could have been avoided had King Lear decided to see the truth instead of his own altered reality. Some of his blindness could be explained by his failing mind, but it is pretty clear that he was going to see what he wanted to see, no matter how far from the truth it really was. Over the course of the play, King Lear becomes more and more blind because of the madness taking over his mind. The Fool speaks very bluntly about King Lear and…

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    Common Themes In King Lear

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    sympathized with, as Regan scolds him for being a sorry old man and should apologize to Goneril. Lear refuses and urges Regan to allow him to visit her place but she denies him any entry commanding him dismiss all his knights claiming that he does not even need one servant. Lear is outraged and even more so when it is finally revealed to him that Regan and Goneril were in cohorts to betray him. He and the Fool is then casted outside on the heath in the raging storm with madness crouching on in…

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    Cordelia is “herself a dowry” (1, 1.225). Cordelia is therefore rewarded for her honesty with a husband who truly values her for who she is, not what she can give him. Kent speaks the truth to his superior King Lear, the fool, and Reagan’s husband Cornwall regardless of the consequences. After learning that King Lear dismissed the only daughter that truly loved him, and foolishly rewarded his other two greedy daughters, he tells Lear that this was a foolish decision. In a fit of anger, Lear is…

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    Stereotypes In The Tempest

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    Trinculo and Stephano have elements that their initial appearance or personality wouldn’t suggest; Caliban has many traits that are unexpected of his character, and at no point does he change due to the demands of the plot for no reason. This is why I don’t think that the statement in the question is a fair assessment of the ‘low characters’ in The Tempest, as they could have just as easily been ‘the fool’ and ‘the savage native’ but instead Trinculo and especially Caliban are two of the more…

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    Nature In King Lear

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    proliferate through the use of metaphor “she has struck me with her tongue…” meaning Gonerill has emotionally hurt him with her harsh words. As well as the technique of a simile “most serpent like upon the very heart” the connotation being that Gonerill has furtively betrayed him. By the daughters upsetting Lear and the accepted state they disrupt the natural world, which is why he calls them “unnatural hags”. At this point I feel Lear’s madness overwhelms his love for his daughters and the play…

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    family, Edgar chooses to be “naked [and] outface the winds and persecutions of the sky” (II.3.11-12). This nakedness is a clear sign of his instable mental state. After meeting Lear, Edgar expresses that a “foul fiend follows [him]” and even saying that the fiend goes “to thy bed and warm thee” (III.4.47-49). Lear, who too becomes naked as this scene progresses, does not see anything wrong with this exchange and appears to speaking rationally with Edgar. For both of these characters, being naked…

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    William Shakespeare in the play, King Lear, demonstrates that evildoers will receive just punishment. Shakespeare employs a storm motif which exposes, adjudicates, and avenges in order to reinforce the theme of justice. Metaphoric storms expose the true motives of King Lear’s retinue. Upon Kent’s questioning of Lear’s dearth of men, the Fool states, “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” (55). The…

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