THE FOOL IN KING LEAR


Posted On Oct 17 2011 by
My paper is an attempt to approach the fool figure through an exploration of physicality and clowning in the early modern period. I have chosen for analysis one of Shakespeare’s plays, where the clown clearly responds to the diversity of the audience (and culture) of his time, incorporating familiar physicality while moving a step further with colloquial references, political commentary, and social critiques. Besides providing the definition and the roles assumed by the fool in the play, I will also show that clowning is an important performative device. The words of the fools are often identical in all Shakespeare’s plays: never belonging simply to one play, but floating in the non-representational performance space that the clown is known to occupy in the theatre (Weinmann, 112). I will try to emphasize that the clowns served to provide a comic model for making sense of the world that could not be figured out by any common person.

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