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Describe the attempts of the Fool in trying to enlighten the King as to the true nature of his elder daughters.

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Describe the attempts of the Fool in trying to enlighten the King as to the true nature of his elder daughters. Introduction: The Fool is the king's advocate, loyal and honest, but he is also able, to point out the king's faults, in a manner which no one else can. The Fool's use of irony, sarcasm, and humor help to ease the truth, and allows the fool to moderate Lear's behavior. While Cordelia and Kent had each acted "unmannerly" and begged Lear to "see better" each incurring his "Dragon's wrath", the Fool is "all-licens'd" and practically replaces both daughter and advisor for the successive two acts. Argument 1: The Fool assumes the role of Lear's protector, when Cordelia is banished. ...read more.

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The Fool also warns Lear about Goneril and Regan stating that Lear is now a lap dog to them "truth's a dog must to kennel; he must be whipped out when the lady brach may stand by the fine and stink". Argument 3: In the "piteous tale of Lear" , many of the characters seem to behave irrationally. For instance, the King himself can personally feel that he is going mad. In fact he exclaims : " oh fool I shall go mad". He does not enjoy this feeling but know that he cannot avoid insanity. When he asks the Fool's opinion on his problems, it is because on a subconscious level, he knows that the Fool is a stable wise man. ...read more.

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Argument 4: The Fool is not just a servant of Lear but is also a loyal and the son Lear never had. The name "Fool" means nothing. He is the most intelligent and insightful character in the play and provides simple and clear insight for Lear. Whose first intent in Act One was to " express [his] darker purpose". The sings songs and quibbles on the concept of "nothing". In fact he asks him "can you make no use of nothing nuncle?". The Fool implies a critical accusation that Lear is "nothing". Conclusion: The fool is kept around for amusement. However he is a deeper man than one would suspect. He is present at king Lear's side, and actually advices the man. For instance he criticizes him; and isn't afraid to state that Lear "shouldst no be old till [he] [had] been wise". ...read more.

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