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    The wise fool described by Erasmus is someone who can see past the chaos of the material world and find greater truths in their madness. Characters within King Lear that exhibit the qualities of the wise fool: selflessness and loyalty, in their search for the truth and the treatment of others, find greater clarity in their decision-making, a factor crucial to their standing at the climax of the work. The characters may be classified into two categories, those who stay loyal to Lear through his descent into madness, and those betray him in their schemes of self-interest. Members of each category face similar situations and react differently based on allegiances and ambitions. The first comparison to examine is between Regan’s avoidance of, and…

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    really are. Cordelia tries to explain herself to her father, and his loyal friend Kent advises against his reaction to her answer. King Lear lacks the insight and is too stubborn to see the truth in their statements (‘Blindness and Sight- Nothing and Blindness in King Lear”). The truth isn’t the circumstances he wants, so he throws up his blinders and makes his own reality. In Act 1, scene 4, line 18, Shakespeare says, “He’s mad that trust in the tameness of a wolf, a horse’s health, a boy’s…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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…

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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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    be you that stirs these daughters’ hearts against their father, fool me not so much to bear it tamely; touch me with noble anger, and let not women’s weapons, water-drops, stain my man cheeks” (2.2.463-67). Despite Lear’s clear loss of power, he is still trying to salvage whatever ounce of it that he can. Lear is trying to hang onto one of the only things he has left, which is his masculinity and the power that nature should bestow upon him for being a man and a father. As Lear enters into a…

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