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What is the dramatic significance of ACT 3 Scene 4 in Twelfth Night?

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The significance of thise scene in the play seems best summed up in Fabian´s comment:

If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.

What happens in this scene are a series of further plot complications that further confuse identities, relationships and make more problems for the central characters as we see the key themes of deception and mistaken identity further advanced.

First of all we see the fruits of Malvolio´s successful gulling by Maria and her cronies. He protests his love for Olivia, coming forward in his yellow-gartered stockings. Olivia is of course amazed, and her response reflects the theme of love as madness:

Why, this is very midsummer madness!

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