The Shipwreck That Cast A Catfish

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The Shipwreck That Cast a Catfish
Today’s technology allows one to make friends on the opposite side of the world; one can see another’s hobbies, music, and photos with just a click of a mouse. But sometimes one’s profile isn’t always what it seems; people can generate fake accounts to talk to strangers. Under a pseudonym people can protect their identity and portray themselves as someone different; this is known as catfishing. In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the characters don’t have the technology we have now but a shipwreck began the series of catfishing in the Dukedom Illyria. The confusing love triangle encompasses Viola as a girl who dresses as a man named Cesario and falls in love with Duke Orsino; however, he loves Countess Olivia …show more content…

Malvolio is a deceptive social climber who stated how he would like to marry Olivia for her wealth and live a lavish live of luxary. Sharp-tongued Maria says, “Obverse him, for the love of mockery, for I / know this letter will make a contemplative idiot of him.” Maria writes a fake letter in a handwriting like that of Olivia’s to disguise herself and convince Malvolio that Olivia is writing the letter. When people catfish today they will use pictures of someone to create a fake profile in hopes of luring people in; in this case, the letter is the bait. Maria and the others have become extremely fed up with Malvlio’s behavior and acted out in ways of deception. The events after Malvolio finds the letter on the ground is an episode of self-validation and justification. In the letter written by Maria she writes in Olivia 's handwriting saying, “”M.O.A.I” This simulation is not as the former, and / yet to crush this a little, it would bow to me…” Malvolio believes that this vague acronym is about him and begins the snowball effect of catfishing. During this scene, Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew are hiding in the hedges and laughing at Malvolio’s foolishness. The letter goes on to say how “Olivia” has feelings for Malvolio but cannot act on them because of her status. She requires him to dress and act a certain to confirm his love for her too. Perhaps

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