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Critical Essay by Robert Wilcher

SOURCE: "The Art of the Comic Duologue in Three Plays by Shakespeare," in Shakespeare Survey: An Annual Survey of Shakespeare Studies and Production, Vol. 35, 1982, pp. 87-97.

In the following excerpt, Wilcher asserts that, in contrast to the more conventional clowns of Shakespeare's earlier comedies, Feste is a more fully human character.

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Since Francis Douce's pioneering study of the 'clowns and fools' of the Elizabethan stage, a good deal of scholarly scrutiny and critical interpretation has been directed towards Shakespeare's use of his inheritance from popular drama in general and from traditions of fooling in particular.1 But compared with the detailed studies that have been devoted to the serious dramatic functions that Shakespeare developed for the solo-turn exemplified by Launce's monologues in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and the porter scene...

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