Feeling Sympathy for Malvolio Essay

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Feeling Sympathy for Malvolio

Malvolio plays the role of Olivia’s self admiring butler. He takes advantage of his position in the house to abuse of those lower ranked in the house than him. These people are Sir Toby, Maria and Fabian, (Sir Andrew doesn’t work in the house). These people have got fed up of this and decide to get their own back throughout the play. The dispute is that may be they went too far.

Malvolio is smart in appearance and well dressed. Apart from this, Malvolio is pompous, vane, arrogant and has a lack of forgiveness.

Malvolio’s first entrance is in 1.5 l.2 and his first line of speech is in 67. If acted and spoken well it gives you a really strong idea of what
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He tells Cesario not to come back to eliminate him as competition by saying Olivia doesn’t want Cesario:

‘She returns the ring to you. You might have saved me my pains to have taken it away yourself. She adds, moreover, that you should put your lord into a desperate assurance: she will none of him. And one thing more, that you be never so hardy to come again in his affairs, unless it be to report your lord’s taking of this. Receive it so.’

2.2 l.4-9

The text above which is in bold is the bit I think that Malvolio added to get Cesario to back off and never come back. The rest he says I think he is trying to say, ‘Your peevish attempt to get my lady to love you hasn’t worked, she has rejected you.’ A few lines after Malvolio drops the ring on the floor and walks off. This, in my opinion, is a very arrogant and horrible way to leave. It’s like after insulting someone, spitting on them and then walking off. At this part of the play I thought Malvolio was the most horrible person on the planet and I would have no sympathy at all for him if he was put in a cage and bound up. I would laugh at him and say, ‘Have a taste of your own medicine.’

Later on in act 2.3 Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Feste and Maria are having a party in the middle of the night.
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