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Twelfth Night - Maria

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Emilia Persson

on 27 February 2013

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Transcript of Twelfth Night - Maria

Danting & Emilia Maria - What is her function in
Twelfth Night? Conclusion Introduction Plot Function Act 2 Scene 3, 124 - 136 - Important character in the sub-plot

- Clever, daring and young gentle-woman

- Represents unpredictability of love

- Comedy: although not a comedic character, manages to provide with comedy anyway Human nature and love #1 Shakespeare’s idea about love and human nature - Plays an important role in the subplot involving the humiliation of Malvolio

- Maria's idea to forge a letter, pretending to be Olivia

- Convincing Malvolio that Olivia is in love with him

- Criticizes Malvolio's self-importance - Shakespeare‘s idea about the instability and unpredictability of women's love.
- Shakespeare’s idea of women's influence (Viola only has impact when she dresses up like a man). “ ...he thinks, with excellencies, that it is his grounds of faith that all that look on him love him. And on that vice in him will my revenge find notable cause to work....I will drop in his way some obscure epistles of love, wherein by the color of his beard, the shape of his leg, the manner of his gait, the expressure of his eye, forehead, and complexion,he shall find himself most feelingly personated.” (Act 2 Scene 3, 124-136) Maria contributes to the play in two predominant ways: she is involved in the subplot of humiliating Malvolio and she depicts the demeanour of Shakespeare’s idea of human nature and love. MARIA(to Sir Toby)
"That quaffing and drinking will undo you..."
(act 1 scene 3 line 11)

"What a caterwauling do you keep here! If my lady have not called up her stewed Malvolio and bid him turn you out of doors, never trust me.
For the love o'God, peace!"
(act 2 scene 3 line 63)

SIR TOBY(to Sir Andrew)
"She's a beagle, true bred, and the one that adores me. What o'that?"
(act 2 scene 3 line 151) #2 Effect on irony - Maria's character has a contrast with Sir Toby's, but they got married eventually.
- When Febian announced their marriage, they disappeared without notice. Analysis - Sets the sub-plot into motion

- Despite the fact that she is a woman, she is the 'brain'
and the other characters involved rely on her

- Her trick essentially provides with satirical comedy

- Rising action ---> Climax Analysis - Maria's action proved the idea because she was skeptical towards Sir Toby at the beginning of the play, but turns out to marry him at the end.
- Maria as a character has significant function in the subplot. - Maria is the gentlewomen of Viola, and Sir Toby is always drunk. The audience know that they don't match up so their marriage is ironic
- A marriage is supposed to be a huge celebration but the couple didn't show up. #1 Shakespeare’s idea about love and human nature #2 Effect on irony
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