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conveying "more effectively the theme of the dramas"[7]. Shakespearean fools are usually clever peasants or commoners that use their wits to outdo people of higher social standing. In this sense, they are very similar to the real fools, clowns, and jesters of the time, but their characteristics are greatly heightened for theatrical effect. They are largely heterogeneous. [1] The "groundlings" (theater-goers that were too poor to pay for seats and thus stood in the front by the stage) that frequented...

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Explore and debate the function of Feste

Explore and debate the function of Feste, the fool. To what extent does he offer honest insight to at least one other character, and to the audience? A fool by definition is “a jester or clown, especially one retained in a royal or noble household”. Clowns and fools appear throughout the history of comic drama, and commonly, they can be categorised in two ways. There is the licensed fool, who has permission to joke about the world in which the play is set, create satire and poke fun at their...

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The Corporate Fool: Who Is The Corporate Fool?

Who is the Corporate Fool? Not much unlike the courtroom jesters, the Corporate Fool is one who operates within the corporate system, yet is not afraid to highlight the hubris, follies and myopia of the leaders of the organization. The Corporate Fool is the reality check to every over-confident leader, a solution to gun-point problems and a divergent lens for visionary leaders. However, just as the power that a single monarch once held, is sometimes dispersed amongst the top management of present-day...

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The Them Foreshadowing in the Cask of Amontillado

of foreshadowing in the story is when the character in it named Fortunate which ironically means "fortunate one" in Italian. Is dressed for the carnival their going to as a court jester. “He had on a tight-fitting parti-striped dress, and his head was surmounted by the conical cap and bells.” (Poe). As the court jester costume is used to make a king laugh and fool him. Essentially, Fortunato, the fool, is fooled by Montresor into a tragic death. The trowel is also important because it is ironic...

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Can Technology Save Soldier Live in Iraq Case Study

they had a feeling that there was something about it that was mysterious or uncanny. But there was a young man in the party named the jester, for he was venturesome and full of fun. Gazing at the knoll he said: "Let's run and jump on its top." "No," said the young lover, "it looks mysterious. Sit still and finish your smoke.""Oh, come on, who's afraid," said the jester, laughing. "Come on you--come on!" and springing to his feet he ran up the side of the knoll. Four of the young men followed. Having...

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The Rejection of the Self in Twelfth Night

understood seriously by other characters, his apparent omniscience allows him to function as a critic of the play's tension between the natural self and the projected self. Ironically, Feste is only able to freely utilize this wisdom as the court jester. He must forever deny his true nature for the sake of being able to provide insight for the audience, which ensures that his character forbids his existence as a true individual. Malvolio is arguably the worst offender when considering his inability...

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Hamlet Graveyard Scene

comes to the realisation that death is a definitive concept which is an end in itself. He establishes this conclusion as he looks at the skull of the court Jester. In effect, he is staring at death face to face, the skull symbolic of the dullness and bluntness of death. He questions what happens to all that an individual has lived for with the Jester as an example,” Where be your gibes now? Your gambols, your songs, your flashes of merriment that were wont to set the table on a roar?” These rhetorical...

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Theatre Report

their character as well as others. Some of the characters in the play were Scorcher (the evil fairy), Astric, Melody, Seashell, Linda (the good fairies), Mr. Fete, the Jester, the King and Queen, Princess Gabriella and the African, Persian and Caribbean Princes. The most outstanding performers in the play was both Astric and the Jester, these two characters brought a lot of humor to the play, making it fun and enjoyable for the audience, their presence alone lit up the stage. Linda and Princess Gabriella...

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Masks in Twelfth Night

characters in his play, but mostly in two: Viola and Feste. These masks are used throughout the play, but are eventually discarded at the end for the finale. This masking imagery is perfectly displayed by Feste, the jester. Realizing that his role in society is an acting jester, Feste is careful to conceal acting as a wise man and develops a mask to hide this character development. He successfully attempts to “conceal (himself) for what (he) is” because he knows that if the people realize his...

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Cask of Amontillado

of Amontillado. However, in the end Fortunato learns that he has been tricked and is buried alive. Another ironic feature about the character Fortunato, is the way he is described to be dressed, like a court jester. The time period in which The Cask of Amontillado takes place, court jesters are considered fools. Throughout the story, Fortunato is fooled to believe Montesor's claim of the Amontillado. When Montresor chains Fortunato to the wall the statement that he says, makes Fortunato look like...

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