Merchant of Venice

Merchant of venice act 1 scene 1

Why does gratiano warned to play a role of a fool?

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Gratiano wants Antonio to cheer up. He says that it is better to play the fool and have laugh lines on his face than be a stern man who scowls all the time.

Gratiano says that if Antonia plays the part of a sad man then he will play the part of a fool. He says that let his face crease with wrinkles of laughter and happiness and let his liver heat with wine rather than make his heart cold with painful groans.