Why is Malvolio always rude to Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Feste, Maria and Fabian in Twelfth Night?

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Malvolio is rude for several reasons. First is his innate character. He's a snob, and thinks he is better than he is. Second, some of the others are rude to him. I mean, look at how Sir Toby acts! He stumbles around drunk, is loud, crude, etc. This leads into...

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Malvolio is rude for several reasons. First is his innate character. He's a snob, and thinks he is better than he is. Second, some of the others are rude to him. I mean, look at how Sir Toby acts! He stumbles around drunk, is loud, crude, etc. This leads into a third reason. Malvolio is a bit prissy. Part of that is how he thinks he should act, as an aspiring member of the upper class, but some is just him. When Toby is crude, that grates on him. And a final reason is more writerly: "mal" means "bad," as in "malicious." "-vol" is related to will, like "volition." Shakespeare sets him up as someone who wants to do bad to other people. He's drawn to be mean.

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