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In Shakespeares Twelfth Night the motivation behind love is propelled by selfish desires Shakespeare exhibits functioning love through Orsino and Viola and contrasts it to the false relationships of the other couples By trivializing the destructive relationships between Malvolio and Olivia Olivia and Sebastian and that of Maria and Sir Toby Shakespeare emphasizes the true love between Orsino and Viola Malvolios love for Olivia is purely based on a wanting for a higher ranking in society a selfish desire Critic John Draper agrees and states that Not Malvolios religion but his social status would seem to hold the key to this change in attitude toward him in the last century Draper John Pg90 Despite his own personality Malvolio attempts to impress Olivia with what he is told will attract her to him Remember who commended thy yellow stockings and wished to see thee ever cross-garteredLet it appear in thy smiling thy smile becomes thy well Pg 85 Act2 Sc5 Here Malvolio is willing to dress foolishly and smile continuously before Olivia for a recognition from her that he never does get Olivia sees no more of Malvolio than a pestering servant and when he address her so ridiculously she laughs and says Why dost though man What is the matter with thee Pg113 Act3 Sc4 This is clear evidence that Olivias feelings for Malvolio are strictly pr ofessional and barely that The relationship between Malvolio and Olivia is close to being non-existent similar to the lustful relationship between Olivia and Sebastian The relationship between Sebastian and Olivia is merely based on the others outer appearance As the play is ending Olivia encounters Sebastian of whom she believes is Cesario and pleads for him to marry her If Olivia had loved him for more than his effeminate appearance then she would have been able to recognize that it was not Cesario whom she was speaking to Olivia is obviously just as infatuated with Sebastian as she
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