Premium Content Everybody Plays the Fool: A Comparison of King Lear's Fool and Don Quixote's Squire
By Jessica Hindman - April 11, 2000
The first time the Fool enters in Shakespeare's King Lear he immediately offers Kent his coxcomb, or jester's hat. Lear asks the Fool "My pretty knave, how dost thou?" (1.4.98) This initial action and inquiry of the Fool is representative of the relationship between the Fool and the other characters throughout the entire play. In general, the Fool…
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