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In Shakespeares comedy Twelfth Night the theme of deception causes much mayhem for the characters Viola the plays protagonist disguises herself as Cesario a male to gain opportunities that she would not have as a woman She is employed by Duke Orsino who acquires Cesarios help in winning the affections of Lady Olivia Everything gets even more chaotic when Olivia falls for Cesario The characters Maria Feste and Sir Toby Belch all add to the theme of deception that continues throughout the entire paly Malvolio the plays antagonist is the recipient of a sinister joke that brings his deceptions to light Shakespeare uses the theme of deception to shed light on how society is and how it was back in his time In Twelfth Night the theme of deception is evident in the appearance of the characters in their words and within the play itself The most obvious form of deception in the play is appearances The old saying appearances can be deceiving could not be more true in the Twelfth Night Viola deceives the other characters by convincing them that she is a man I will believe thou hast a mind that suits with this thy fair and outward characterIPrithee and Ill pay thee bounteously conceal me what I am and be my aid for such disguise as haply shall become the form of my intent121219 Duke Orsino is oblivious to the disguise and hires her The two men become friends and Duke Orsino entrusts Cesario with the task of helping him win over Lady Olivia Unfortunately for Duke Lady Olivia is also a deceiving character She tells him that they cannot be together because she is in mourning over the death of her beloved brother Duke is deceived by Lady Olivias beauty which makes it all but impossible for him to recognize that she is really not interested Cesario tries relentlessly to get Lady Olivia to give Duke a chance However Lady
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