“Constance: In both plays, the tragic characters, particularly Romeo and Othello, have abundant opportunity to save themselves. The fact that they do not save themselves, tends to characterize them as the unwitting victims of a disastrous practical joke. Insofar as these plays may be said to be fatalistic at all, any grains of authentic tragedy must be seen to reside in the heroines, Desdemona and Juliet.”
In this play, Constance has a theory that that a Wise Fool would have turned the tragedies into comedies. Both plays, Romeo and Juliet and Othello, have plots that are dependent on simple mistakes that create drastic and horrendous results. However, if there was a wise fool to fix the miscommunication that occurs, the plays would have ended happily. Although this theory is disproven in the entire play, Constance’s desire to have a Wise Fool is a larger statement that problems are easier to solve in hindsight. In addition, the comedy in these plays occurs because the characters do not “save themselves.” However, Constance, herself, does not save herself and lets herself become trampled on when her boss does not propose to her and fires her. Had Constance have a wise fool in her own life, perhaps she too would not be living a tragedy.