Twelfth Night Essay | The Different Meanings of "Fool" in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

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The Different Meanings of "Fool" in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

Summary: The word "fool" has different meanings, and in William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night," Feste, Malvolio, and Sir Andrew are all fools in their own way. Feste is a professional fool, meant to be wise and reveal the truth; Malvolio is made to appear a fool when he is tricked into following the letter; and Sir Andrew is foolish enough to let himself be manipulated by Sir Toby throughout the course of the play.
The word `fool' has various meanings. Most of the time it means clown but it can mean someone who professionally counterfeits folly for the entertainment of others, someone who is made to appear a fool due to being tricked, and someone who has no intellect and allows others to take advantage of him.

Feste, Malvolio and Sir Andrew are all fools in their own way. Feste is a professional fool, meant to be wise and reveal the truth, Malvolio is made to appear a fool when he is tricked into following the letter and Sir Andrew is foolish enough to let himself be manipulated by Sir Toby throughout the course of the play.

Feste is an entertainer who gets people to laugh at human folly, even the folly within themselves. He allowed Olivia to see that "beauty's a flower" which meant...

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