MenckenOne major character in "Twelfth Night" gets calleda "Puritan".
They ask for a song,and the jester sings a touching song aboutwelcoming love when you can, given the briefness of youth andthe uncertainty of the future.
(This is an easy school paper.)Olivia enters with Malvolio.
"You are sick of self-love,Malvolio, and taste with with a distempered appetite." To a good person("generous, guiltless, and of free disposition"), being the objectof a comedian's joke is simply fun -- just as a good person might alsoprivately accept criticism from another good person.
Has the jester said the wrong thing by reminding them of the sadness of life?)They sing so loudly that the housekeeper comes to warn them thatthey've probably awakened Olivia and she will send Malvolio to quiet them.
Malvolio can't, and turns mean.
(Shakespeare has to get the music to stop, since there will be a scene change.)Orsino explains that love is all-consuming like the all-devouring ocean.
Finally,Malvolio re-enters and says that "Cesario" will not leave.
In productions, Malvolio often wears the anachronistic buckle-hat.There were different kinds of Puritans, just as there are many kinds ofEvangelical Protestants today.
Malvolio ismuch ruder than he needs to be.
"For youth is bought more oft than begg'd or barrow'd."Olivia realizes what she's saying and says, "I speak too loud."She then realizes she needs Malvolio's help, since he is "sad and civil",matching her disposition (at least the way it was a few days ago, though not now.)Maria knows what is about to happen, and says Malvolio is on his way, but somethingwrong.
Viola won't pick the ring up offthe ground, and Malvolio storms off.
Inwardly,Malvolio has an elaborate fantasy life in which he is independentlywealthy and commandsthe obedience of the people who just ridicule him in real life.
Malvoliois undiplomatic, but he is in the right.
Maria exits, and Olivia realizes that whether ornot Malvolio is crazy, she herself is crazy, a mix of joy and sorrow.Malvolio comes in, grinning and with his yellow socks.
Either works.Malvolio comes in.
Disguise is very important as a theme in the Twelfth Night. In fact, disguise is a crucial plot to the play. It is the thread which runs through the play from start to end and holds it all together. Yet, paradoxically along the way there are many problems, deceptions and illusions, providing a comment on human behavior and creating comedy.
No, Malvolio isn't in love with Olivia.
"At our feast wee had a play called 'Twelve Night,or What You Will', much like the Comedy of Errores, or Menechmi in Plautus,but most like and neere to that in Italian called Inganni."If you are interested in Shakespeare's plot sources, you can startwith a book by one Barnabe Riche ("Riche His Farewell to Military Profession"),written in 1581.