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    Explore the significance of the aspect of dramatic comedy inAct 1 scene four in Twelfth Night.
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    Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get responses.

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    O.k, there is comedy in the Duke being unaware that Viola is a woman and not a man. There is serious irony in the fact that he wants Viola to present his love for Olivia to her in person. There is a certain comedy in being made aware that Orsino's household are aware of Orsino's growing affection for Viola [ a man ], but this is not a scene I would identify as comic.

    If anything it is a sad scene.

    a) It is clear that Viola has feeling for the Duke yet she has been tasked to persuade Olivia to accept Orsino's love. It is a tragic situation because were she successful she would be denying herself any hope of acquiring Orsino's love.

    b) Orsino is utterly selfish and insensitive to the feelings of others - especially Olivia. When Viola reminds him that Olivia will see no-one he demands she ignore it. He arrogantly says that he knows when she hears how he feels for her Olivia will change her mind. The mission to send Viola is very deliberate. In the last lines of the scene he reminds Viola that he can see that there is an aspect of woman in her person and clearly Orsino hope that this might help persuade Olivia to marry him. His last words to Viola is that if she succeeds she will be richly rewarded.

    In my view this is not a comic scene it is a sad and tragic scene. Yes the scene leads to considerable comedy in the Olivia/Viola situation and the Sir Toby/Sir Andrew conflict with Viola. But this scene sets in motion a series of events that are only resolved when Sebastian arrives in Act 4 and allows resolution to the deep and passionate love Olivia has for Viola and opens up the possibility that Viola can have Orsino.
 
 
 
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