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Feste is a professional fool who belongs to Olivia a rich Countess He is very intelligent and witty Even though he belongs to Olivia he also entertains Orsino Duke of Illyria Everyone in the play clearly respects him and they generally do not treat him as a fool They talk to him seriously ask him for advice and join him in pranks His realistic speeches are comical and light-hearted but most of the time he makes logical points He entertains the other characters in the play with his songs and jokes Under the pretence of making jokes Feste evaluates the behavior of those around him It is quite interesting to observe how the other characters react to him Olivia and Orsino both let Feste instruct them Though Orsino has no appreciation for Festes opinions he values the fools ability to sing melancholy songs On the other hand Malvolio who is obsessed with him self and does not want to face the reality of his vanity is very uncomfortable around Feste Malvolio is not amused and he insults the fool and brags that he is too smart to be amused by a fool Most of Festes jokes which are based on wordplay can be quite difficult to understand Despite the fact that Feste is a fool he is not at all stupid and probably understands the people around him more than they do themselves Feste plays the part of a fool well though in truth he is actually very wise Well God give them wisdom that have it and those that are fools let them use their talents Act 1 Scene 5 Feste gives Olivia the advice she seeks The more fool Madonna to mourn for your brothers soul being in heaven Act 1 Scene 5 Feste has the skill to show people their own silliness He can move freely and comfortably within one social rank to another Olivia appreciates the fools
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