What role does Malvolio serve in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

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To some extent, Malvolio acts as the antagonist to many of the play's characters. He is extremely critical and judgmental of Maria, Sirs Toby and Andrew, and even Feste. But at the same time, many of the play's characters dislike and are critical of Malvolio, which turns him into just as much of a victim as he is an antagonist and creates the conflict of the play's subplot.

The first character we see Malvolio being critical of is Feste. In the first act, Olivia is angered because Feste has been away from her household for so long and demands that Feste be taken away when he shows up again, Feste soothes...

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