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MonkeyNotes-Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
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At the end of the play, Viola is now free of the chain of silence she has bound herself in as well as the troubles that changing gender brings. Throughout the play, she has been the strongest of the main characters. She is to be admired for having kept her real identity a secret. With the revelation of Viola's actual identity there is a logical conclusion to the element of dramatic irony which is present throughout the main plot. The main plot, which had been declining in dramatic intensity after the climax, ends on a happy note with all parties joined together, keeping with the tradition of a Romantic comedy.


The main characters of the sub plot also come together in this scene, with the exception of Maria. Fabian acts as the peacemaker, placating both Olivia and justifying their actions. One wonders whether Malvolio has learnt a lesson, for even after his humiliation, arrest and release, he is still haughty and bad tempered. His vow to be "revenged on the whole pack of you" is proof his unchanged behavior and attitudes. His vanity, and haughty behavior with Olivia, his employer, nullifies the feeling of sympathy that the reader felt for him during his humiliation. The marriage of Sir Toby and Maria comes as no surprise, nor does Sir Andrew's departure as a hanger-on.

The song sung by Feste at the end of the play is a typical device used by Elizabethan dramatists to humor the audience through song at the end of the play yet its tone is melancholy and tinged with a constant image of rain in the lyrics, pointing out poignantly the inconstancies as well as delights of love.

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