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Deception in the Play 'Twelfth Night"

Summary: Deception is a powerful device, but its use may have unintended and undesirable outcomes. In Twelfth Night, this is evinced by the numerous complications caused by Viola's physical disguise, as well as Orsino and Malvolio's self-deception.
Deception is a powerful device, but its use may have unintended and undesirable outcomes. In Twelfth Night, this is evinced by the numerous complications caused by Viola's physical disguise, as well as Orsino and Malvolio's self-deception.

The most palpable form of deception in the play would be Viola's disguising of herself when she appears in the semblance of a young man named Cesario. Although her primary intention of hiding her femininity is to obtain employment, Viola's guise creates many problems. One of these problems is her involvement in a love triangle between Orsino, Olivia and herself. Her first job places her in a quandary when Orsino, whom she loves, instructs her to deliver a message to woo Olivia. Having not much of a choice, Viola performs the tasks, sighing `yet a barful strife, whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife'. She also...

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