457 How is Dogberry the fool or jester of the play? What is the significance of Dogberry's discovery about the plot against Hero? Do you think that Dogberry's ignorance is actually knowledge about life? Support your answers with details from text. "Marry, sir, they have committed false report; moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily, they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves (5.1.225-233)." I don't think anyone could read these lines without a smile. Not only Dogberry can't count, but he repeats the same accusation, without realizing that it's all one crime. Dogberry's stupidness brings him a role of a jester in the play, providing comic relief in the event of Hero's tragedy. Dogberry has a great significance in the play. Although, Dogberry's presence is a lampoon of authority, by uncovering the plot, he proves that even people like him can be somewhat of importance, because their simple foolishness and "dumbness" can catch
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2011 for the course EDS 103 taught by Professor White during the Spring '10 term at E. Kentucky.