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“Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest , Lend less than thou owest, Ride more than thou goest, Learn more than thou trowest, Set less than thou throwest; Leave thy drink and thy whore, And keep in-a- door, And thou shall have more Than two tens to a score” Pg 49 irony by making the fool very intelligent. The Fool has realized the King’s mistake and views him as a fool as well. The Fool is telling the King to not show off, think carefully before he speaks, not give more then he owns, ride more than he can walk, learn than what he believes, and be cautious of what he bets. “That lord that counseled thee to give away thy land, come place him here by me; do thou for him stand. The sweet and bitter fool will presently appear: the one in motley here: the other found out there” Pg 51 (C) In the passage the Fool is basically calling King Lear a fool because he has given his land away. This is similar to the world because there are some people that have power but not the brains and then other people manipulate them. Sometimes my friends might make a foolish mistake but they won’t realize it until someone else tells them how foolish they were for doing it. “I marvel what kin thou and thy daughter are. They’ll have me whipped for lying, and sometimes I am whipped for holding my peace. I had rather be any kind o’ thing than a Fool. And yet I would not be thee, nuncle. Thou hast pared thy wit o’ both sides and left nothing I’ th’ middle. Here comes one o’ the parings” Pg 53 (CL) In the passage the Fool is describing to the King how his daughters will have him whipped for lying or for holding his peace. The Fool then describes how he wishes to be anything rather than a fool. Although the Fool is trying to describe to the King that his daughter are up to no good he is afraid that they might do something to him. “But I can tell why a snail has a house. Why? Why, to put ’s head in, not give it away to his daughters and leave his horns without a case” Pg 67 (E) The Fool once again demonstrates his intelligence by signaling to the King that he should have kept his kingdom instead of giving it to his daughters. The Fool’s metaphor that compares the King to a snail makes it humorous but also signals to what King shouldn’t have done. I believe that the metaphor made it easier for the King to understand what the fool was trying to say.
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