A Harlequin Analysis of Dario Fo’s Two Works
Dario Fo was the winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is also known as the theatrical cartoonist and
radical social instigator. He exceled at imitating the medieval clowns and criticized the Italian government authorities in a
playful and satirical way to uphold justice for the oppressed people. This article is based on a qualitative analysis of the
clowns in The Starving Zanni, Elizsabetta, and Accidental Death of an Anarchist, to explore how Dario Fo presented his
clowns and how he used clowns to critique current affairs and sarcastic powers.
Index Terms: Dario Fo, Harlequin