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When Shakespeare wrote the 12th night the social mores were very strict. For example servants were not allowed to woo theirmasters but in the 12th night these rules of society werecorrupted for example. Olivia loving cesario but Olivia doesn'tre...

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When Shakespeare wrote the 12th night the social mores were very strict. For example servants were not allowed to woo their masters but in the 12th night these rules of society were corrupted for example. Olivia loving cesario but Olivia doesn't realise that cesario is really a man and that links with cesario because she was a very wealthy woman but in an instant she becomes a servant also she is in mourning for her brother but now she is very joyful and in love. Also in this play there is a hierarchical pyramid in place which is been transformed where there is a master and a servant but it seems almost reversed so the servant becomes the master and the master becomes the servant. Even there is servants loving masters there is masters falling in love with servants referring to Olivia loving a servant called cesario. ...read more.

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Which is also symbolic to his actual position in the house at this point the audience feels empathy for Malvolio. but there is the point of if malvolio is the only person that is not superficial which I believe he actually is because attitude after the letter is superficial and fake and as a result he has been treated inappropriately. Also there is a lot of Superficiality in the Twelfth Night, a prime example of that is Olivia in mourning over her Father and Brother I quote ' Clown. Good Madonna, why mournest thou' Oli. 'Good fool for my brothers death' This shows Olivia is in distress emotionally because of her temperament and extreme emotion one-minute shes in mourning for seven years and the next minute she is in love with Cesario which is just as extreme as how she falls in love. ...read more.

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Subversion is a part of the Twelfth Night also with many people changing roles like Viola changing to Cesario in Order to get a job and move on in life. Other examples of subversion are (1) Feste as a priest (2) Olivia in mourning-suddenly in love. Another trick of Toby's is when Feste pretends to be a priest and sees malvolio in the dungeon. At that time Malvolo is self est steam is way low and the patronising, pompous attitude has gone he is losing his sanity minute by minute thinking why he's been put there. He think Olivia is to blame but he doesn't realise that it is Toby who set him up Overall the 12th night was one of Shakespeare's best play and most comic a most enjoyable book to read. ...read more.

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