Malvolio's Character in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

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How is Malvolios character developed in the letter scence (Act 2, scene 5) of Shakespeares ‘Twelfth Night?

The play Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedy, which does have difficult plots that result in hilarious culminations.In the comedy Shakespeare uses the love triangle Shakespeare has formed an evenly confusing subplot involving Malvolio and the other members of Olivia's staff. The main plot and subplot are associated as they are both investigating the manifestations of love. The subplot embraces the staff of Olivia's household by playing a trick on Malvolio from the treatment he gives them earlier in the play. Shakespeare presents Malvolio as a posh, upper-class servant who is self-obsessed and 'stuck up'. Malvolio sees himself as 'higher' than everyone else just like the puritans. He dresses in black and never laughs see a smile on his face. The puritans were a religious group, who didnt like Christmas and other enterainments and were very boring people.Malvolio treats others as if he is their better than them, he also wants to marry Olivia so he can become a count. The motive Sir-Toby wants revenge on him is because Malvolio had told Sir-Toby and Sir-Andrew off for their drunkenly behaviour, they were singing at the top of there voices late at night, this could have woken up the entire household. Malvolio also tells Toby that Olivia only cares for him as a relative and is prepared to kick him out of the house if he continues his troublesome behavior; however, this is not correct. This is the reason for Sir-Toby's revenge on Malvolio. Malvolio's character makes him the perfect target for Maria and Sir Toby's joke In the letter scene, we see another side to Malvolio. He finds the letter and he straight away believes that Olivia is referring to him in the letter. He then thinks aloud, he falls into a daydream seeing his fantasy about himself. This will show the audience how self-obsessed he is. For example: "I will be proud, I...
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