What are some stock characters in the Twelfth Night?
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Three "stock" characters in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night are Malvolio, Sir Toby Belch, and Feste the clown. Malvolio is an archetypically malevolent character -- a pompous and pretentious Puritan who will throughly be made a fool of by the end of the play. Feste is one of the many clowns (or fools) who appear in Elizabethan drama. Belch is the archetypal drunkard who, in his good humor, contrasts with Malvolio's bad humor.
Rather than a malevolent character, Malvolio is the sanctimonious hypocrite that characterizes the Puritan, an anathema in England.
Maria, too, can be considered a stock character as the lady-in-waiting, although she is more rounded that most stock characters.
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