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One of the more interesting passages in Twelfth Night occurs when Malvolio reads the letter that is supposedly from Olivia It shows what a man is willing to put himself through to impress a woman When a man is faced with the possibility of having a relationship with a desirable woman all thought and reason is meaningless Malvolio is a prime example wearing yellow stockings cross-gartered treating an associate with complete disrespect and acting almost insanely cheerful when in Olivias presence The letter was written in a manner that makes it easy for Malvolio to ignore the obvious fact that Olivia doesnt like him and believe all that is written In writing the letter Toby Fabian and Andrew were sure to play on all of Malvolios emotions instead of trying to fool Malvolio they let Malvolio fool himself The letter was written in Malvolios mind as if it was written to him That was the intent of the three fools but Malvolio exaggerated every sentence with his own inflated ego As he reads on his head fills with more crazy ideas and he lends himself better to be fooled Anything could have been written at the end of the letter and it is certain that Malvolio would in his mind alter it to make it refer to himself It is easy to tell what Malvolio is feeling while he reads the fraudulent letter some parts affect him in a greater more obvious way than others The phrase Some are born great some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them has the greatest impact on Malvolio When he reads this he begins to believe that it is plausible for a woman as great as Olivia to have taken a liking for a man of far lesser status of which he is Malvolio has always believed that he was great and that he was worthy of Olivias love yet he never thought that Olivia shared
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