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Shakespeare uses disguise in his play Twelfth Night to cause confusion and internalconflict between his characters and it is this confusion and conflict that appeal to the audience It keeps them wondering how many more of these situations will arise and in the end how will this confusion and conflict be resolved The first time that this is evident is in Act I Scene IV where Cesario really Viola is sent by her master Orsino to win the love of Countess Olivia for him At first it seems as if nothing is out of the ordinary but Cesario throws a spin on things with his last words of thescene Cesario indicates that he will do his best to win over the lady but then in an aside saysWhooer I woo myself would be his wife I IV41 This makes things much more difficult What will happen when a messenger who loveshis master is sent to win over the love of the one his master desires This is a case whereShakespeares use of disguise has left the audience in suspense The audience is left waiting tosee how this matter will play itself out Little do they know that disguise will play another important role in muddling this problem even further In the next scene Act I Scene V Cesario will arrive at the home of Countess Olivia andafter some difficulty will eventually be granted an audience with the Countess Cesario is veryeloquent almost relentless in expressing what love that the Duke Orsino has for Olivia but Olivia rejects the Dukes offer saying that she cannot return his love This is where things really get perplexing Once Cesario exits Olivia reviews what Cesario has said and begins to think of the messenger At this point the audience realizes what has happened Olivia has fallen for the messenger Even this comes as a surprise to her she says Even so quickly may one catch
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