How does Shakespeare play on the audience's sense of traditional, stereotypical gender roles to create humor, especially in Act 3, Scene 1 of Twelfth Night?

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In Act 3, Scene 1, other than Viola's obvious continuation of her role pretending to be a male servant of Orsino's, Viola also transgresses stereotypical gender roles by, for a moment, taking on Feste's role as a fool. During this scene, Viola and Feste have an interesting conversation in which Viola makes as many plays on words as Feste, which means she is also taking on the role of Feste, at least for a moment. Taking on Feste's role is also breach in stereotypical gender roles because the position of court jester was never held by women.

We especially see Viola twisting words  as much as Feste in their opening conversation. Here, she compliments his abilities to play the tabor and asks, "[D]ost thou live by thy tabour," meaning, do you earn your living through playing the tabor?...

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