It leads not to dignity or tranquility, but to loss of self-controland very likely to disaster.If you have enjoyed "Twelfth Night" and/or this page, then think aboutwhether Shakespeare is right.
On a still deeper level, Viola tells Olivia,"You do not know who you yourself are." Maybe at the deepest level, Malvoliothinks he is a devout Christian, even a Puritan.
Maria exits, and Olivia realizes that whether ornot Malvolio is crazy, she herself is crazy, a mix of joy and sorrow.Malvolio comes in, grinning and with his yellow socks.
"For youth is bought more oft than begg'd or barrow'd."Olivia realizes what she's saying and says, "I speak too loud."She then realizes she needs Malvolio's help, since he is "sad and civil",matching her disposition (at least the way it was a few days ago, though not now.)Maria knows what is about to happen, and says Malvolio is on his way, but somethingwrong.
This is a sad occasion." (She's still pretendingto be mourning her brother.) Malvolio tries to joke, saying that thesocks and cross-gartering are making the blood pool in his legs.
(He will do this again when the villain in tries to pray.) Shakespeare shows us life, and in his mature works,the characters are always multi-dimensional andour sympathies are always at least somewhat divided.
"Twelfth Night" consists of many love triangles, however many of the characters who are tangled up in the web of love are blind to see that their emotions and feelings toward other characters are untrue....
"Twelfth Night" consists of a large number of love triangles, however many of the characters who are tangled up in the web of love are blind to see that their emotions and feelings toward other characters are untrue and based merely on falsification....
(The Duke's name really doesn't matter in the play,which wasn't published until the folio of 1623, and perhaps Shakespeare simplynamed the duke and the play in memory of the event.) You can read about this inLeslie Hotson's "The First Night of Twelfth Night".
It was hisjob, when it was necessary, to speak plainly to the kingand to tell him the blunt truth.In "Twelfth Night", behind all the humor, both the jester and the playtell a truth that is at once happy and sad.
For example Malvolio needs Olivia’s love because this way he can gain status and wealth , Sir Andrew on the other hand wants Olivia’s love because this is what everyone has convinced him into thinking....
In Will Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night or What You Will, Shakespeare attempts to have a great balance of both cruelty and joy while also containing comical qualities to this romantic play.
"At our feast wee had a play called 'Twelve Night,or What You Will', much like the Comedy of Errores, or Menechmi in Plautus,but most like and neere to that in Italian called Inganni."If you are interested in Shakespeare's plot sources, you can startwith a book by one Barnabe Riche ("Riche His Farewell to Military Profession"),written in 1581.
Disguise is very important as a theme in the Twelfth Night. In fact, disguise is a crucial plot to the play. It is the thread which runs through the play from start to end and holds it all together. Yet, paradoxically along the way there are many problems, deceptions and illusions, providing a comment on human behavior and creating comedy.
Inwardly,Malvolio has an elaborate fantasy life in which he is independentlywealthy and commandsthe obedience of the people who just ridicule him in real life.