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Close Reading of Twelfth Night Act II scene iii In Shakespeares Twelfth Night Act II scene iii adds to the comical direction of the play by providing a merry comedy by Sir Toby Sir Andrew and Feste in their jesting songs jokes and unruly conduct It also prepares the humiliation of Malvolio at the hands of the others and the peevishness and conceited nature of Malvolio in great detail Finally this scene subtly foreshadows Sir Toby and Fabians trick on Sir Andrew by revealing Andrews unrequited love for Olivia With these agendas in mind one can proceed to direct the moods and actions of the characters Thus this scene provides a good depiction of the motives and personalities of Maria Malvolio Feste Sir Toby and Sir Andrew Prior to Scene Three Feste the clown is depicted as an idiot ostracized by Maria Olivia and Malvolio because of his ridiculous actions However in this scene he displays his hidden talents more fully by joining Sir Toby in a very skillful repartee replete with amusing nonsensical dialogue and invented names such as Pigrogromitus the Vapians Queubus impeticos gratillity Malvolios nose is on whipstockthe Myrmidons are no bottle-ale houses Lines 24-26 This verbal manipulation redeems Festes character from being a complete idiot to one who is in perfect control of his frivolities and faculties We also see him as one who is well aware of the consequences of his outward behavior by saying nothing after Malvolios parting threat but rather stands by pensively biding his time to seek revenge Feste knows if he says anything to Malvolio that he will most likely lose his job since Malvolio is on better terms with Olivia than he is at the p resent Therefore Feste should be portrayed as one who can be the comic fool but who is also capable of watching out for his own welfare and eventually seeking vengeance as he does with Sir Toby Fabian and
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