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Humor and Wordplay in Act I, Scene 3 of "Twelfth Night"

Summary: The clever wordplay of Maria and Sir Andrew's ignorant reaction makes Act I Scene 3 of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" amusing. Sir Toby also makes fun of Sir Andrew through word play, especially when Andrew thinks he is being complimented for his dancing.
In Act I Scene 3 of "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare, we meet another group of characters: Maria, Sir Toby and Sir Andrew. The way Maria uses wordplay on Sir Andrew, Sir Toby poking fun at him and the way Sir Andrew reacts makes it extremely amusing to read.

The exaggerated way Sir Toby and Sir Andrew greet each other is very humorous as they both greet each other like they have not seen each other for a very long time although they were probably together only a few hours ago. Furthermore, both their names "Belch" and "Aguecheek" make it amusing as their names are extremely out of place, due to the fact that they are actually supposed to be characters of higher social strata. Sir Andrew calls Maria a "fair shrew" and Maria wishes him the same. It is amusing...

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