Portrait of a fool in a Shakespeare play.

Fool is the common name of entertainers of Kings in Medieval Ages. Fools are generally smart people with the capability of political jokes in disguise. Their main objective is to entertain the King, whereas they are mostly portrayed as a critics of Kings in William Shakespeare's plays.

List of Fools in Shakespeare PlaysEdit

Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing

Touchstone in As You Like It

The Fool in King Lear

Trinculo in The Tempest

Costard in Love's Labours Lost

Feste in Twelfth Night

Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice

Lavache in All's Well That Ends Well

Yorick in Hamlet

A Fool in Timon of Athens

Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Thersites in Troilus and Cressida

Clown in Othello

Dromio of Syracuse and Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors

Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona

Launce in Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Gravediggers in Hamlet

Citizen in Julius Caesar

Pompey in Measure for Measure

Clown in The Winter's Tale

Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew

The Porter in Macbeth

Roles of the FoolsEdit

In Shakespearian plays, fools are generally the ones who are wise and who show the path to the main character, or they are the ones with a symbolic meaning. As it is in King Lear, fool leads King Lear to the right path until tragedic end happens. Also in Hamlet, Yorick's skull has a symbolic meaning for the death theme; showing the importance of the fools in Shakespeare plays.