Shakespeare’s clowns and fools [infographic]

September 8, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on 7th September 2016, written for Illuminating Shakespeare: a hub showcasing the tremendous depth and diversity of our Shakespeare publishing, for every level from school to scholarly research.

Illuminating Shakespeare

'Shakespeare utilizes the characters of fools, also sometimes equated with the word ‘clown‘, throughout his plays to a variety of differing ends, but in general terms he most often portrays two distinct types of fool: those that were wise and intelligent, and those that were ‘natural fools’ (idiots that were there for light entertainment).

From song and dance on stage to the costumes they wore, discover some facts about fools, and quotes from Shakespeare’s plays, via this graphic.'

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