The ‘Shakespearean Fool’
Fools have told Kings and later Managers the truth. The typical Fool nowadays is a Management Consultant. The Wise Fool provide truth, balance, play, recreation, destruction, creation, change. Shakespeare used the wise fool’s freedom to offer critical observations that coming from any other character, would have been rebellious to the system. Historically, the ‘Shakespearian fool’ is an ironic and paradoxical figure who enjoyed unusual toleration and relative freedom in speaking his mind. He was often able to offer strange insights through his foolery. Shakespeare was fascinated by this freedom of speech.