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In William Shakespeares comedic play Twelfth Night a recurring theme is deception The characters in the play used deception for a variety of purposes Violas use of deception involves her disguising herself as a man in order to obtain a job with the Duke of Illyria Orsino On the other hand Maria Olivias servant writes a letter to Malvolio in Olivias handwriting to make Malvolio act foolishly because of his love for Olivia While some use deception as a means of survival others use deception to trick others and make them act foolishly The first example of deception in this play was when Viola decides to disguise herself as a man Viola barely escapes a shipwreck along with her twin brother Sebastian Separated in this terrible disaster each twin believes the other has died in the wreck The captain of the shipwrecked vessel advises Viola to go and find a job with the Duke Orsino since she has no family or way to support herself Viola must disguise herself as a man in order to get a job and survive For such disguise as haply shall become The form of my intent Ill serve this duke Thou shalt present me as an eunuch to him It may be worth thy pains for I can sing And speak to him in many sorts of music That will allow me very worth his service 12 lines 50-55 Viola under the name Cesario receives the job with Orsino at his house Viola as Cesario becomes a messenger for Orsino Viola carries love letters to Orsinos love Olivia who wouldnt accept the letters until Viola brought them to her Viola later realizes that Olivia is in love with her as Cesario and also that she herself is in love with Orsino and that Orsino is still in love with Olivia At a loss within the situation Viola doesnt know what to do about
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