Seeing as Malvolio the puritan is a killjoy figure, Feste, Sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Maria constantly mock and terrorise him. And as they don’t take a liking to him, Malvolio goes through situations where he is ridiculed because of who he is, the status he has (being a steward in Olivia’s household), the background he is from and the fact that he is a person of ill will, suggested by his name (Italian for I wish you bad).
However, Shakespeare does punish Malvolio in such a way that he becomes dejected and at some point we feel sorry for him even though he wasn’t fond of merrymaking and festivity. We as the audience show sympathy as he was a victim of a practical joke, who has been ‘notoriously abus’d’ (Act 5 Scene1-line 366) an...
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...ocked Malvolio in ‘Twelfth Night’ as they didn’t agree with what he was doing. But as Malvolio brought all this mockery upon himself ‘Twelfth Night’ is seen as a comedy that does lack seriousness because Shakespeare put the character Malvolio through what he had to go through when he wrote any plays or acted any of them out in the Globe Theatre. Furthermore, as Malvolio was the main part of the play, being a Puritan would have caused a lot of trouble to arise in the audience as well as in the time when ‘Twelfth Night’ was written. However, as Puritans were quite minute in number in that period of time the audience would have viewed him differently as he would have been seen as a character that would have been used to attack on authority seeing as he was a killjoy figure and wouldn’t have liked the fact that they were allowed to partake in merrymaking and festivity.
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