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Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare most perfect comedies It is a perfect blend of romance and comedy Although the play has a main plot and a subplot the structure of the play has been skillfully handled in order to give importance to both Act I serves as the exposition as it introduces most of the characters of the main plot Violas disguise as Cesario also initiates the love triangle for Viola falls in love with the Duke at first sight while the Duke is in love with Olivia Olivia is initially attracted to then eventually falls in love with CesarioViola Act II presents the rapid rising action of the main plot with Sebastian Violas twin brother traveling to Duke Orsinos court The audience now waits for the complications that will arise because Viola and Sebastian look alike Olivia declares her love for CesarioViola indirectly through a ring sent to her The action is also focused on the subplot Sin Toby Belch Maria and the other minor characters are determined to teach the conceited Malvolio a lesson This is the introduction to the subplot which rapidly rises as Malvolio reads the letter and is willing to follow the instructions of the letter Olivia now passionately in love with CesarioViola is willing to tell CesarioViola about it The opportunity arises when Viola visits her again on behalf of the Duke Olivias open declaration of love for CesarioViola marks the climax of the plot Following the declaration matters will slowly begin to move in the direction of resolving the complications arising as a result of Violas disguise The first of these situations is when Viola is mistaken for Sebastian by Antonio The audience who waited for such complications to arise can now enjoy the humor of the situation The falling action of the main plot is gradually moving towards a final resolution of the complications Act III also contains the climax of the subplot
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