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Twelfth Night
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1428  Monday 16 August 1999.

From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Sunday, 15 Aug 1999 10:41:15 -0500
Subject:        Twelfth Night

In the comedies, may we not anticipate that characters who, at the
beginning of the plays, have flaws that create problems for them, will,
by the end of the play, have corrected those flaws, so that their happy
success is justified?

In this light, how should we define the flaw of Orsino in "Twelfth
Night"?  Where and how is that flaw corrected?  And how does Orsino's
choice of Viola satisfy as a proper term of and reward for that
correction?

         L. Swilley
 

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