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Why and how do the conspirators about the downfall of Malvolio? Does he serve any sympathy for the way he is treated?

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Why and how do the conspirators about the downfall of Malvolio? Does he serve any sympathy for the way he is treated? Malvolio is a steward to Olivia. He is good at his job and respected by all the staff and by Olivia. He tries to act as the head of the household with his constant bossiness. He is a Puritan and only wears black; he does not like drinking, fun and parties. He is very rude to people and quite pompous. Malvolio thinks a lot of himself and is very arrogant. He never smiles and always looks miserable and serious. Feste, Toby, Andrew, Fabian and Maria each have their own reason for not liking Malvolio. Feste dislikes Malvolio because he was rude about Feste's jokes in front of Olivia. "... No more brains than a stone." Feste made a living from telling jokes so was very angry and offended by what Malvolio said. Toby did not like Malvolio because Malvolio is a Puritan and disapproves of Toby's drinking and loud parties. Malvolio threatened Toby to have him thrown out of the house, even though Toby is a knight and Malvolio is only a steward. Toby said: "Art any more than a steward?" ...read more.


Malvolio thought this was him, as he would become great if he married Olivia. Near to the end it mentions the word "steward," and Malvolio is now convinced it means him. The letter went on to say that Olivia loved him. Malvolio, after reading the letter vowed to do everything the letter said. Malvolio goes to see Olivia wearing yellow stockings and cross gartered. Olivia is puzzled by Malvolio's behaviour and cannot understand what he is talking about. "Why, how dost thou, man?" Olivia asks Malvolio if wants to go to bed, she means to rest. Malvolio thinks that she means together: "To bed! Ay, sweetheart, and I'll come to thee." Olivia is horrified and thinks that he is mad: "Why, this is midsummer madness." Malvolio constantly refers to the letter, which Olivia has no idea what he is talking about. "Remember who praised your yellow stockings." Olivia asks Malvolio to be looked after by Sir Toby. This shows that Olivia cares for Malvolio's welfare. "... Let this fellow be looked to. Where's my cousin Toby?" Malvolio, as it says in the letter, is rude to the servants, in this case Maria: "Yes; nightingales answer daws." When Malvolio is sent to Sir Toby, Sir Toby decides to take the trick further. ...read more.


Maria's and Sir Andrew's disliking of Malvolio is mainly due to Sir Toby disliking Malvolio. He has not done anything to them apart from break up a few of their parties and tell them not to be so loud sometimes. Also, Olivia did not want people around her being loud and having parties as she is in mourning. Fabian did not like Malvolio because he reported him for bear baiting. Bear baiting is very cruel so Malvolio had a right to inform Olivia of this, as he knew that she would strongly disapprove of this. Malvolio was very rude to Feste though and he took Malvolio's comments of how uneducated his jokes were to heart. This was said in front of Olivia whom he liked and made a lot of money out of. Malvolio could have thought that Olivia wanted Feste to go away as she had just been to her brother's funeral and was very upset. From this I do think that Malvolio deserves some sympathy. He should not have been treated the way he was. He did not do anything that was wrong and none of the others were friendly to him anyway. Most of the things that he did, he did for Olivia, like stopping the parties and keeping the noise down. By Lee Baldwin ...read more.

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