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SUMMARY

 END OF PLAY SYNOPSIS

 ACT I              ACT II            ACT III        ACT IV        ACT V  

~ACT I~

Duke Orsino loves Lady Olivia. But Lady Olivia is in mourning for her brother, so doesn’t want anything to do with Orsino.

 

Viola is shipwrecked and is washed ashore to Illyria. She thinks her brother has been drowned.

 

Viola finds out about Duke Orsino and decides to disguise herself as a man to get a job.

 

When Viola meets Duke Orsino, she falls in love with him, but can do nothing as she doesn’t want to give away her disguise.

 

We meet Sir Toby Belch (Olivia’s uncle), Maria (Olivia’s maid) and Andrew Aguecheek (Belch’s ‘friend’ who is in love with Olivia). Sir Toby Belch uses Aguecheek for money.

 

In her disguise Viola calls herself Cesario. Her first job is to deliver a message to Olivia for Duke Orsino. Olivia isn’t interested in the message, but is interested in Cesario.

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~ACT II~

 

We learn that Sebastian (Viola’s identical twin) has been rescued from the sea by Antonio.

 

Lady Olivia sends a ring to Cesario. Cesario (Viola) realises what a mess she is in.

 

Sir Toby and Sir Andrew are drinking. Maria interrupts them, telling them to quieten down.

 

Malvolio suddenly appears and tells them all (including Maria) off sternly.

 

Maria suggests revenge by writing a letter to Malvolio in handwriting similar to Olivia’s, suggesting that Olivia loves him. 

 

Malvolio finds the letter and totally overreacts - he is delighted!

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~ACT III~

 

We learn that Sebastian (Viola’s identical twin) has been rescued from the sea by Antonio.

 

Lady Olivia sends a ring to Cesario. Cesario (Viola) realises what a mess she is in.

 

Sir Toby and Sir Andrew are drinking. Maria interrupts them, telling them to quieten down.

 

Malvolio suddenly appears and tells them all (including Maria) off sternly.

 

Maria suggests revenge by writing a letter to Malvolio in handwriting similar to Olivia’s, suggesting that Olivia loves him. 

 

Malvolio finds the letter and totally overreacts - he is delighted!

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~ACT IV~

Sir Andrew sees Sebastian. He thinks Sebastian is Cesario! Sir Andrew attacks Sebastian.

 

Sir Andrew is very surprised when he finds Sebastian beating him. He was expecting Cesario’s weakness, not Sebastian’s strength.

 

Sir Toby steps into the fight, and draws his sword against Sebastian.

 

Olivia enters and thinks Sir Toby is fighting with Cesario. Olivia banishes Sir Toby from her sight.

 

Sebastian sees Lady Olivia for the first time, and is instantly attracted. Lady Olivia just thinks she is talking to Cesario.

 

Olivia persuades Sebastian that he should marry her at once, and fetches a priest to carry out the ceremony. Olivia thinks it is Cesario.

 

Malvolio has been imprisoned by Sir Toby and friends.

 

Feste tricks Malvolio into talking about ‘madness’.

 

Sir Toby is worried he has offended Lady Olivia (his niece) so tells Feste to end the joke.

 

Malvolio is given a pen and paper to write to Olivia and explain his behavior.

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~ACT V~

 

Duke Orsino decides to talk to Lady Olivia in person.

 

Cesario is accused of breaking the marriage appointment with Olivia, accused of beating Sir Andrew and Sir Toby, and accused of failing to gain Olivia’s love for Duke Orsino.

 

Sebastian arrives, and the confusion starts to be explained.

 

Duke Orsino, when he understands Cesario is really Viola in disguise, declares his love. Orsino proposes to Viola.

 

Malvolio’s explanation is read, and the trick of the fake letter is revealed.

 

The play ends with a song from Feste. Only Malvolio is left upset and angry.

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~END OF THE PLAY SYNOPSIS~

All the confusion and trickery is revealed.

 

Sebastian and Viola are reunited.

 

Duke Orsino marries Viola.

 

Lady Olivia marries Sebastian.

 

Sir Toby marries Maria.

 

 Malvolio leaves and threatens revenge.

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