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Write an account of the plot against Malvolio and consider how far you feel he deserved it. Write about the plot's effectiveness as a piece of drama.

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Write an account of the plot against Malvolio and consider how far you feel he deserved it. Write about the plot's effectiveness as a piece of drama. The plot against Malvolio begins when Sir Andrew, Sir Toby and Feste the clown return to Olivia's house drunk. At the beginning of Act Two, scene Three the trio are making a tremendous amount of noise dancing on and around the kitchen table, shouting and singing at the top of their lungs. This commotion causes Maria - a maid of Olivia's - to come down and warn them to be quiet, saying 'what a caterwauling do you keep here!' (Act Two Scene Three, Line 66). She tells them she has seen Malvolio - the head servant of Olivia's house - coming down to the kitchen where the three drunken men are. When Malvolio comes into the kitchen he asks the men if they have any respect at all. 'Is there no respect of place, persons, nor time in you?' ...read more.


He picks the letter up and reads on the front the letters M O A I and presumes that these letters represent his name. He opens up the letter and reads it out loud. All the while the three friends are listening behind the bush and by the time that Malvolio has finished reading the letter they can't stop laughing. The letter stated to wear 'yellow stockings,' and to be 'ever cross-gartered'. (Act Two Scene Five line 36-37). This would cause a lot of upset to Olivia as her brother had only just passed away and the whole household was meant to be mourning for her loss, wearing the traditional black clothing. The letter also stated for Malvolio to have a big smile on his face. This would make him look foolish as he is a very solemn character who usually has a very long grumpy looking face. Meanwhile Olivia is waiting for Cesario who she is in love with. ...read more.


and tells Feste to go back in and speak 'To him in thine own voice', (Act Four Scene Two line 63) Feste then goes back into Malvolio's dungeon like room as his normal self but also pretending that Sir Topas is in the room with them. He then starts a conversation with Sir Topas but also answering as Sir Topas. Because the room is so dark Malvolio doesn't have a clue what is going on. Finally Malvolio is given a piece of paper and a pen to write down a letter to Olivia to explain what he thinks might have happened. Feste doesn't deliver the letter until right at the end of the play. He reads the letter out loud for Olivia emphasising his reading to make Malvolio look foolish. Malvolio is called upon by Olivia, sees that she has already married and says, 'Madam, you have done me wrong, notorious wrong.' (Act Five Scene One line 315) He then storms out promising, 'I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you.' (Act Five Scene One line 364). Luke Thomas English ...read more.

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