The Fool in Wernher der Gartner's "Meier Helmbrecht," Sebastian Brant's "Narrenschiff," Hans Sachs' "Fastnachtsspiele," Andreus Grypius' "Herr Peter Squenz," Goethe's "Faust," and Thomas Mann's "Buddenbrooks"
Kazeks, Inara Mara
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This paper was originally meant to be a study of the development of the fool in German literature. However, in this I could not possibly have succeeded, for my knowledge of the literature is not extensive enough to trace the fool's development. I cannot even claim to know the majority of the works in which the fool appears. What the paper hopefully does accomplish is to present a view of the different roles the fool plays and show, in a rough sketch, his development from the simple figure, whose function was to entertain and reform, to the complex ironic and tragic figure.