What Is Malvolio's Foolishness

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In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the theme portrayed throughout the play by Malvolio is foolishness and folly. Malvolio is the head servant for Olivia’s family and the type of guy who is always drinking, but since he is also always looking for trouble, he is also considered a party-pooper. He thinks very highly of himself and is always criticizing others, sure that he is right. An example of his foolishness would be when he says, “ I will help you to 't. But tell me true, are you not mad indeed, or do you but counterfeit? ” (4.2.119-120). When Feste had asks Malvolio if he was faking his madness, we are reminded that the madness is
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