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Transcript of Malvolio
Approach, Sir Andrew. Not to be abed after midnight is to be up betimes, and diluculo surgere, thou know’st,— Come on, Sir Andrew. If we’re still awake after midnight, then we’re up early in the morning. And the doctors say it’s healthy to get up early— But along comes Malvolio... MALVOLIO
My masters, are you mad? Or what are you? Have you no wit, manners, nor honesty but to gabble like tinkers at this time of night? Do you make an alehouse of my lady’s house, that you squeak out your coziers' catches without any mitigation or remorse of voice? Is there no respect of place, persons, nor time in you? Are you all crazy? What’s wrong with you? Are you making all this noise at this time of night because you have no manners, or because you’re just stupid? Are you trying to turn my mistress’s house into a noisy bar? Is that why you’re squealing out these ridiculous vulgar songs without lowering your voices at all? Don’t you have any respect for anything? SIR TOBY BELCH
We did keep time, sir, in our catches. Sneck up! We respected the beat of the song, sir. So shut up! MARIA
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. I’ll drop some mysterious love letters in his path. He’ll think they’re addressed to him, because they’ll describe the color of his beard, the shape of his legs, the way he walks, and the expression on his face. I can make my handwriting look just like Lady Olivia’s. Learning Objective To analyse the character of Malvolio and other character's opinion of him.
To be able to justify our own opinions of him using evidence from the text. Pit Stop! Write down 3 words to describe Malvolio from what we have looked at so far and use the Twelfth Night books to find quotes to back up your chosen words.
They can either be things Malvolio has said, or what others have said about/to him. STARTER Sympathy for Malvolio Point in the Play Humour in Twelfth Night Malvolio is now dressed up in his yellow stockings, believing that Olivia has feelings for him and his outfit is a sure fire way to heart. Why is this funny for:
1. The other characters?
2. The audience? Sir Toby Belch: “Come, we’ll have him in a dark room and bound. My niece is already in the belief that he’s mad: we may carry it thus, for our pleasure and his penance” I played the part of Malvolio in a production of Twelfth Night many years ago. Even though the audience laughed, for me, it didn’t feel like a comedy. He is a desperately unhappy man – a fortune spent on therapy would only scratch the surface of his troubles. He can’t smile, he can’t express his feelings; he is angry and repressed and deluded and intolerant, driven by hate and a warped sense of self-importance. His psychiatric problems seem curiously modern. So this troubled man is placed in a comedy of love and mistaken identity. Of course, his role in Twelfth Night would have meant something very different to an Elizabethan audience, but this is now – and his meaning has become complicated by our modern understanding of mental illness and madness. On stage in Twelfth Night, I found the audience’s laughter difficult to take. Malvolio suffers the thing we most dread – to be ridiculed when he is at his most vulnerable. Tim Crouch So, what do you think? Using evidence from the text, explain your personal feelings towards Malvolio.
Is he a character you laugh at or do you feel sorry for him?
Your answer should take the format of a PEE paragraph.
"In Twelfth Night, Malvolio is a character who..." Good Progress:
Your comments are based on textual evidence and backed with quotes.
You can identify different layers of meaning. E.g:
"Whilst this line is meant to be humourous, it could also be seen as...because..." Outstanding Progress:
All of the above.
You can interpret the text individually and begin to make connections within it. E.g. By referring back to previous scenes and other characters in your answer. How does Sir Toby affect how we see Malvolio?