Make a Donation

Consider making a donation to support SHAKSPER.

Subscribe to Our Feeds

Current Postings RSS

Announcements RSS

Home :: Archive :: 1998 :: September ::
Re: Malvolio's "madness"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0856  Thursday, 17 September 1998.

[1]     From:   Louis Swilley <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 09:49:26 -0500
        Subj:   Malvolio's "madness"

[2]     From:   Fran Barasch <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 15:54:37 EDT
        Subj:   Re: Malvolio SHK 9.0848  Re: Observations of Bedlam

[3]     From:   H. R. Greenberg <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
        Date:   Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 23:41:55 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0848  Re: Observations of Bedlam


[1]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Louis Swilley <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 09:49:26 -0500
Subject:        Malvolio's "madness"

>One other titillating question: what drives Malvolio mad?

Well, he isn't mad (insane), but is miserably and unjustly  treated as
though he is because he is responding to - as he thinks - Olivia's
letter.  That is why he is justly mad (angry) at the end of the play.
(His justifiable ill will towards his tormentors is unresolved, not
corrected at the end of the play. Curious.).

     L. Swilley

[2]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:           Fran Barasch <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 15:54:37 EDT
Subject: SHK 9.0848  Re: Observations of Bedlam
Comment:        Re: Malvolio SHK 9.0848  Re: Observations of Bedlam

Roy Flanagan asks what drives Malvolio mad?  Good question.  I'd also
like to know what is Malvolio's beef with the captain?  Fran Barasch

[3]-----------------------------------------------------------------
From:           H. R. Greenberg <
 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
 >
Date:           Wednesday, 16 Sep 1998 23:41:55 EDT
Subject: 9.0848  Re: Observations of Bedlam
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0848  Re: Observations of Bedlam

I do not think Malvolio mad-he may well be suffering from acute
depression consequent to the severe narcissistic injuries wrought upon
him by the tricksters-a very big pin has been thrust directly into the
center of his enormous self-inflation. But psychotic-I don't think
so.    HR GREENBERG
 

Other Messages In This Thread

©2011 Hardy Cook. All rights reserved.