The Fool in Shakespeare’s King Lear

Anna Sima Davids Thomsen, Robin Houselstein & Niels Frederik Christopher Thiesen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The project provides a short introduction of the play and its original source, namely the myth
of King Lear, and an account of the Fool’s historical role in society, and the difference
between fools and jesters. The analysis shows the Fool in King Lear, the role he plays and his
significance to the title character, and the duality of his personality, with the use of Harold
Bloom, W. Willeford and R.A. Foakes, who are all critics of Shakespeare. Lastly, this paper
will discuss the literary theory of structuralism to ascertain some of the main thematic
oppositions in the play, and conclude that Shakespeare’s work is sensitively different
depending on the theoretical perspective used in the analysis of his work.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato23 maj 2017
Antal sider26
VejledereEbbe Klitgård


  • King Lear
  • Shakespeare
  • The Fool
  • Strukturalisme
  • R.A. Foakes
  • Harold Bloom
  • W. Willeford
  • Litterær analyse