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Twelfth Night Coursework - Malvolio

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Twelfth Night Coursework Shakespeare presents Malvolio as a posh, aristocratic servant who is self-obsessed and 'stuck up'. Malvolio sees himself as 'higher' than everyone else. He treats others as if he is their better. The reason Sir-Toby wants revenge on him is because Malvolio had scolded Sir-Toby and Sir-Andrew for their drunkenly behaviour; they were singing loudly late at night, this could have woken up the entire household. "My masters are you mad?" This is an ironic comment which will come in later on in the play. Malvolio also tells Toby that Olivia only cares for him as a relative and is willing to kick him out of the household if he continues his disruptive behaviour; this however, is not true. ...read more.

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As he reads the letters out loud, I would make him act out his fantasy while reading, using gestures (for example pointing to himself importantly as he says "I") this would emphasise the fact that he is sure the letter refers to him. The audience would see Malvolio as sick with self love from these gestures. At this point in the play Shakespeare wants the audience to feel Pity towards Malvolio, he also wants the audience to think of Malvolio as slightly foolish. In the scene where Malvolio confronts Olivia in response to the letter; I would focus on Malvolio's appearance- he was cross-gartered. I would also focus on Olivia's worried expressions when Malvolio dropped her hints that he had received and understood the letter (which she didn't know about). ...read more.

Conclusion

We must also notice what Olivia says to Maria: "Let some of my people have special care of him." She thinks that Malvolio has gone mad. Malvolio is then locked up for his supposed madness, this completely destroys him as he does not understand why Olivia has put him through this nightmare In the last scene of the play, Malvolio storms into the house, with smelly and dirty clothes, he looks the odd one out and is getting laughed at. This is an ironic moment as people are looking at him as a 'lesser' person. When Malvolio realises that the letter was a joke he does not take it lightly, he doesn't forgive them and says that he will revenge them all. At the end of the play, the most foolish character, Malvolio, is the only unhappy character who hasn't found love or humility. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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