After an exile of Cordelia, Fool becomes not just the king's defender, but his conscience. He, like a theater prompter, comments on all actions and conversations of the characters, suggesting the correctness about the choice they made. Although Fool is loyal to Lear, his devotion does not differ with naivety and blindness. He indicates the ruler for his mistakes, without fear of punishment. With the help of irony and light humor, Fool presents royal misses as minor troubles, which if desired can be corrected. He is completely absorbed in the Lear’s fate, assuming the role of a kind of caretaker for his physical and spiritual health. It is noteworthy that his mission echoes Cordelia’s task. In her absence, Fool always appears on the stage.
Fool in the Essays