Natural fool

NATURAL FOOL. An idiot; one born without the reasoning powers, or a capacity to acquire them.

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Seat yourself on the log; and my life on it, he can soon make a natural fool of you, and that well to your liking.
2) In fact, the woodcut depicts Armin as the natural fool he returned to again and again, in print and in performance, John in the Hospital.
Even though the play also contains the artificial fool Tutch, Armin emphasizes the natural fool John, whom he affectionately calls "my old acquaintance, lack, whose life I knew.
Hornback maps the Q- and F-fools onto the distinction between the artificial and natural fool respectively, identifying the specifics of the Q-fools bitter and comic rationality in contrast to F's less amusing but pathos-infused character.
All tend to triangulate blackness, the Devil, and stupidity or moral insanity, a triangulation that, Hornback claims, will come to underpin ideological constructions of Africans as incorrigible natural fools all too easily.
19) When Armin, who was not deformed (he was an artificial fool), played the well-known natural fool Blue John in his own play Two Maids of More-clacke (pub.
Here one kind of fool, a court jester (an artificial fool), identifies a natural fool, in his opinion a gross inferior in both physical shape and social esteem.
It's difficult to teach people to become clowns but you seem a natural fool to me.
A natural fool was not to be confused with a fool who adopted mannerisms of idiocy for the amusement of others and compensation for himself, or one who was castigated by the clergy for his spiritual obstinacy.
Counter to common arguments, Hornback argues that the Fool of the Folio is a natural fool and that the Fool of the Quarto is a bitter artificial fool.
Evidently, I would argue, the cycles' and interludes' masked Devil was a type of natural fool whose blackness connoted not simply (or even primarily) evil, as critics assume, but folly.
Shakespeare's deployment of the troubling natural fool type (often,