18 May 2012
Although many people are taught to handle different situations differently, I think that deception is ok in SOME cases. Viola deceives many when she decides that she wants to disguise herself as a man to work for the Duke. However when Maria deceives, its not completely ok, because she just wants revenge and to be spiteful.
Viola is a woman, who was shipwrecked. After being shipwrecked, Viola decides to disguise herself as a man, to work for the duke. “Conceal me what I am, and be my aid for such disguise as happily shall become the form of my intent, I’ll serve this duke, thou shalt present me as a eunuch to him.” (Act I, Scene II; 13). Cesario is the duke’s servant/messenger. Viola will soon start to fall in love with the duke, but she can’t tell him, because of the disguise.
Viola in the play is doing all the deceiving to the duke and Olivia, because she was dressing herself as a man,”Cesario”. She did this to trick them into thinking that she was really a man, even though she is really a woman. Lying to everyone made her start believing what has been said; but she doesn’t want the duke to know, because that will mess up her plan. ‘For such disguise as happily shall become the form of my intent I’ll sense the duke.” (Act I, Scene II; 57-58).
Viola is an extrinsic woman that has disguises herself as a man to instruct a perfect relationship. Viola in her disguise herself as Cerario appears at Olivia’s estate, Olivia allows Cerario to speak with her privately about Orisino’s love. Olivia falls in love with Cesario, not knowing that Cesario is really a woman which is Viola that is in love with the duke. Now a love triangle is formed. “Who saw Cesario ho? On your attendance, my lord, here. Stand, you awhile aloof-Cesario, thou know’st no less but all…Stand at her doors and tell them; There thy fixed foot shall grow till thou have audience. (Act I, Scene II; 11-14, 17-19)