Twelfth night book report
But since Lady Olivia refuses to talk with any strangers, Viola decides that she cannot look for work with her.
Twelfth night characters
Once Malvolio leaves, Maria concocts a plan to make Malvolio look like a complete fool: she will write love letters to Malvolio and make it look like the letters have come from Olivia. To make matters more complicated, Olivia continues to reject Orsino but is attracted to Cesario. Later, Sebastian comes along and is challenged by Sir Andrew, who thinks he is Cesario. Buy Study Guide Act I: Count Orsino of Illyria is introduced; he laments that he is lovesick, and wishes that "if music be the food of love," he could kill his unrequited love through an overdose of music. She forges a letter, supposedly from Olivia, addressed to her beloved whose name is signified by the letters M. Believing Viola to be Sebastian, he intervenes and is arrested. The arrival of Viola's twin brother, Sebastian previously presumed drowned , sorts everything out matrimonially. Thus, he has already gotten on the wrong side of Maria, Feste, and Sir Toby, and the plot involving their determination to take their revenge upon him provides the best humor of the play. Feste dresses up as a priest to convince Malvolio that he is, in fact, mad. Antonio is brought before the Duke for questioning, and Viola relates the events of the duel. Malvolio is locked up in a dark cell as a madman. Orsino asks Viola to go to Olivia and make Orsino's case to the lady; Viola says she will obey, although she confesses in an aside that she already feels love for Orsino, and would rather be his wife than try to woo Olivia for him. The first complication is that Viola has fallen in love with Orsino at first sight. Olivia has a large household with several servants and guests, including her fat, gluttonous, drunkard uncle, Sir Toby Belch, who lives permanently with her.
Finding herself alone in a strange land, she assumes that her twin brother, Sebastian, has been drowned in the wreck, and tries to figure out what sort of work she can do. She forges a letter, supposedly from Olivia, addressed to her beloved whose name is signified by the letters M.
Twelfth night short summary
Orsino is determined to woo Olivia in one way or another and he sends Viola, now known as Cesario, to do it on his behalf. However, when Sebastian—who looks just like the disguised Viola—appears on the scene, Sir Andrew and Sir Toby end up coming to blows with Sebastian, thinking that he is Cesario. The first complication is that Viola has fallen in love with Orsino at first sight. Olivia and Sebastian are married that night. Malvolio departs promising revenge. Maria and Feste conspire to present Feste as Sir Topaz, the curate, to Malvolio, who is hidden from view. Meanwhile, a storm causes a shipwreck.
Viola has now disguised herself as a boy, Cesario, and has been taken into the service of Count Orsino. Viola refuses to budge until she is let in to see Olivia; Olivia, intrigued by the impudent young "boy," contrives to get "Cesario" to return by sending her steward, Malvolio, after her with one of Olivia's rings.
She disguises herself as a boy and assumes the name Cesario for protection. Suddenly, Sebastian dashes in, apologizing for injuring Sir Toby; he expresses his happiness at seeing Antonio again, and acknowledges Olivia as his wife.
Then, the action turns to Malvolio's condition; his letter is read, and his condition explained. Antonio is brought before the Duke for questioning, and Viola relates the events of the duel.
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