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Malvolio and the Way he's Treated in William Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night Malvolio is an extremely complicated and difficult character to study due to his mixed, complex character. Sometimes in the play he seems very dependable and loyal but sometimes he seems weak and absurd, and in a number of scenes from the play the audience are encouraged to laugh at him his actions or his voice. He's not portrayed as a lovable character, making the drama funnier. Also, the way that Malvolio seems humourless really makes him funny. Only Malvolio's title may give you some idea of his character, it means in Latin "evil-wishing!" Malvolio's first appearance is in Act I Scene 5. His humourless character can be viewed straight off in this scene since he is not entertained by Feste's efforts to cheer up a saddened Olivia. He talks about Feste in a rude way, as though he's higher than the fool: "I marvel that your lady enjoy such a barren rascal. I watched him put down the other day with an ordinary fool, that has no more brain than a stone. Look you now, he is out of his guard already!" (Lines 81-84) Olivia is not happy with this attempt to be unkind and offensive to Feste and is fast to respond in Feste's defense: "O you are sick of self-love, Malvolio and taste with a distempered appetite" (Lines 89-90) Later on in the scene Malvolio tells Olivia the Viola/Cesario wishes to watch her. He attempts to create Viola/Cesario seem worse than that which "he" actually is because Malvolio would like to maintain "him" away from Olivia. His attempts fail and eventually Olivia talks with Viola/Cesario. When Viola/Cesario leaves, Malvolio is instru...