What function does Maria serve in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

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Maria serves the function of uniting the foolery in the play with the more sensible thoughts and actions. She also has a very important role in driving the plot forward.

Maria walks an interesting line between the play's bawdy characters, like Sirs Toby and Andrew, and the more rational characters, like Feste, and the line she walks serves to unite the two worlds. Since the play was written for an Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, celebration and spoofs the type of behavior characteristic of the holiday, Sirs Toby and Andrew are perfect examples of such bawdy, reckless, and lawless behavior you would find on that night. Sir Toby is a drunkard, while Sir Andrew is described as a wasteful, idiotic coward. More importantly, Maria is seen reprimanding their behavior . In the beginning of the third scene, she scolds Sir Toby for his drunken...

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