Malvolio's Mistreatment In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

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Malvolio's Mistreatment in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Although Malvolio is a pompous, arrogant, and vain character, I still
think he was mistreated because he didn't deserve what he got from sir
Toby, sir Andrew, Fabian, and Maria. What they did was too harsh on
Malvolio and he didn't deserve it.

Malvolio's soaring high opinion of himself makes him believe what he
wants to, because of this he misunderstands everything Olivia says.
When she orders him to 'go to bed' to sleep off his madness he
believes she means to go to bed with her, 'I'll come to thee.' Olivia
shows concern for her loyal servant and asks for 'special care' of her
'fellow.' Malvolio is a very bigheaded character. This means that he
considers other people to be of a lower standard than himself. "Some
are born great, some have greatness and some greatness thrust upon."
(2.5). Malvolio here believes, very proudly, that he is a great man
and that he would have 'greatness thrust upon him'. In my point of
view he is also quite a loyal person to his lady Olivia. He quotes "Do
ye make an ale-house out of my lady's house?" this is showing that he
does not want to make Olivia angry or upset in any way. However what
he said would sound very patronizing to sir Toby who is Olivia's

I think that Olivia was the only one who really did not mistreat him I
think this because she appreciates him as she always asks for his
advice; she asks him "How say you that, Malvolio?" this shows that she
asks for his opinion before decides on anything. I think she
appreciates him because he shows her a huge level of respect and she
does not let that go unnoticed she actually appreciates him in return
for the respect he shows her.

Through out the play Malvolio is stated to be a puritan, and at the
time of the play, 1669, puritans were disliked and unappreciated by
regular theatregoers as puritans were strictly against theatre and
entertainment, and an out-style lifestyle as they very strict
Christians. William Shakespeare was a play that loved theatres and
writing plays and as the puritans hated theatre, Shakespeare wrote
this play to get back at the puritans. The audience to this play would
have definitely had a out-style lifestyle and therefore would have
obviously hated the puritans, so I would think that this play appealed
to the audience because it was digging at something they hated and
because the play was nearly a comedy the audience would have loved the
chance of laughing at Malvolio.

In the play twelfth night Malvolio is stereotyped to be 'an empty
character' just for the fact that he is a puritan. Also in other
Shakespearean plays, like 'The Merchant Of Venice' shylock is also
stereo typed to be full of greed just for the fact that he was a Jew,
Also in Nazi Germany times. German writers who wrote books at the time...

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