Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

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In William Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night” the alleged Puritan Malvolio is the unpopular rigidity, hypocritical and gullible steward made to look a fool by those he has humiliated (Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Maria, Fabian and Feste) which appeals to the audience. Malvolio is more the victim of his own psychic propensities than he is Maria’s gull, as his own beliefs appear to engineer his downfall. In Suzann Collins trilogy the “Hunger Games” the down to earth “pure” President Snow obtains those exact qualities of Malvolio. He appears to be on the people’s side but we soon learn that he overwhelms himself with power and takes himself down.
Malvolio’s dislikeable rigidity nature is shown immediately in his first entrance in the play, in his rude humiliation of Feste, “I marvel your ladyship takes delight in such a barren rascal … unless you laugh and minister occasion to him, he is gagged” (McEachern, 2007). The disapproval towards his rigid humorless attitude immediately follows with Olivia reprimanding her steward’s habit for making a big deal out of everything, “O you are sick of self-love, Malvolio, and taste with a distempered appetite” (McEachern, 2007). Malvolio further manifests his rigid and fun despising personality as he, depicted as a killjoy, spoils the revelry of Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Feste late in the night “My masters, are you mad? Or what are you? Have you no wit, manner, nor honestly, but to gabble like tinkers at this time of night” (McEachern, 2007). It is exactly this fun despising side, depicted as Malvolio’s “stubborn and uncourteous parts” that earns him the enmity of the revelers. As he thinks, with excellences, that it is his grounds of faith that look on him love him.” Because of Malvolio’s dispositio...

... middle of paper ... a symbol. Their Mockingjay. They think she's one of them” (Collins, 2008). President Snow thinks that he is playing Plutarch, but Plutarch is actually playing him. We learn at the end of the book that Plutarch and Katniss are more alike than we thought; the mockingjay is what drives them both. President Snow doesn’t know that he is silently being defeated from within his own arena.
In conclusion, in the play “Twelfth Night”, from the author William Shakespeare and the trilogy of the “The Hunger Games”, from the author Suzanne Collins both expresses views on the rigid, hypocritical, and gullible attitudes of Malvolio and President Snow. Both of these characters used other individuals to get what wanted to better themselves. But in there blindness they were defeated by righteousness, decency and morality which was all the more mind appealing to the audience.