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"There is much to admire in Viola and much to laugh at in Olivia" Do you agree?

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English literature Rachael Ballamy Twelfth Night "There is much to admire in Viola and much to laugh at in Olivia" Do you agree? I do agree with this statement, because the two characters are such a contrast to each other: Viola is the heroine of the play and the focus of the play is on her. She is a very determined character and had a strong personality, which you immediately pick up on. You realise straight from the start that she is very adventurous in what she does, as we see that she disguises herself as a man. She immediately picks up on being male and is quite convincing to other characters. When circumstances turn to love, we see that Viola has a heart capable of deep and pure love, even when she is posing as a man. Her love can also be very gentle and genuine, as in her love for Sebastian, her brother: "My brother is in Elysium. Perchance he is not drowned: what think you sailors?" Olivia, however, is less single minded and more changeable in temper and emotion. ...read more.

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All these points are points to admire her by as she deals with her problems a lot by herself. We hear a lot about Olivia before she comes on stage for the first time: Orsino, Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Maria and Feste all mention her before she appears on stage. This shows the popularity of Olivia and also shows how important she is: "O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first" "Sir Toby, you must come in earlier o'nights: your cousin, my lady takes great exceptions to your ill hours." "I'll do my best to woo your lady" "My lady will hang thee for thy absence" As we can see, the two characters are very different in themselves. We see that Viola is very determined in what she does, the problems that she faces are small problems that she can step over. When it comes to Olivia and problems, they are like a brick wall in front of her; we see this when Viola refuses the ring from Olivia. Olivia then feels stuck at this point. This is a point where you can admire Viola because of her bravery, and laugh at Olivia because she feels weak. ...read more.

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So I do agree with the statement, as the characters are so different. I do agree with the title, that there is much to admire in Viola and much to laugh at in Olivia, but at the same time there is sill much to laugh at in Viola and much to admire at in Olivia. We can laugh at Viola as she is really a man playing the part of a woman playing the part of a man. We have to question whether we can really take it seriously or not. We can admire Olivia mainly because of her status in society. She is the head of the household and has intense beauty. Many people in the play look up to her and so do we. At the end of the play we see that Olivia is the only one who sympathises for Malvolio and we respect her for this. We also look up to her for her sympathy towards her brother, as we know that it is not like Viola's situation, where there is a possibility that he might come back, but we know for sure that he is not coming back. We can therefore admire and laugh at both characters. 1 1 ...read more.

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