Shakespeare was known as “the drunken fool”.
According to some reports, Voltaire couldn’t stand the great poet and playwright, so he called him “the drunken fool”.
Coincidentally, or not, Shakespeare pursued this theme for characters in many of his works.
Most of his comedies had one main character that was portrayed as a drunken fool whose tricks, antics, and foolishness were key to unfolding the plot.
Voltaire also supposedly called Shakespeare’s work “this enormous dunghill”.