A Twelfth Night Comparrison of Characters Essay

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Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

     Looks can be deceiving, and in the case of Sir Andrew and Feste the fool, the statement certainly applies. Looking at the personalities of these two characters throughout Twelfth Night, no one will see that each character is the exact opposite of each other. Their comparison is their contrast. The first, Sir Andrew, is of “foolish wit”, who looks that part he is supposed to play on the outside. He looks sophisticated and very intelligent. Yet when actually speaking with this character, the opposite applies and he really is just a fool. And Feste, the other character, looks the part of a fool and is used for mere entertainment. Yet on the inside, he exhibits the mind of an
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Feste has many talents that do not go unnoticed. He may be considered the most intelligent person in the whole cast of characters.      Sir Andrew Aguecheek is a lover of life and a pure fool. He looks the part of a noble man, and tries to play the part as well. Even his title, “Sir”, refers to a knight. But what is he really like? “He’s as tall a man as any’s in Illyria” (pp.14), according to Sir
Toby Belch. Toby is very mistaken though, since Andrew is no more than a foolish drunk.
The only thing that separates his personality from Sir Toby’s is that he is a natural fool. In a scene, Feste first says, “Beshrew me, knight’s in admirable fooling:, and Andrew replies,
“Ay, he does well enough if he be disposed, and so do I, too. He does it with better grace, but I do it more natural.” (pp.58). Andrew himself is stating that he is a fool by nature.
Clearly he looks the part of a refined gentleman. He says he speaks another language but when spoken to in that language, he doesn’t understand it. And this shows to be more proof that Andrew is a fool hidden behind a mask of a noble person.
     A fine comparison was made between these two crucial characters. A fool who is smart, and a nobleman who is a fool. Shakespeare really is brilliant, since he though up such an elaborate story that says looks can be deceiving. And that statement sticks out plain as day. The next clown on the street
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