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In Act II of Twelfth Night, describe the plot against Malvolio and explain why it succeeded.

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The plot against Malvolio is explained for the audience by Maria in Act II scene 3, after Malvolio has broken up the party of Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew and Maria. It consists of these characters getting their own back against Malvolio by Maria leaving a letter for Malvolio to find that she has written, impersonating the hand of her mistress, the Lady Olivia . In it, Maria will write as if she were Olivia, using the kind of phrases that she uses, and confess her love for Malvolio. This is because Malvolio is a...

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