As Viola cannot show her love for Orsino, the only way she can express them is in her soliloquies to the audience, this contributes to the dramatic ironies. I believe dramatic irony certainly adds to the magic of Twelfth Night. The disguise also causes mistaken identity, an example of this is when Sir Andrew goes looking for Cesario, finds who he thinks is Cesario, strikes him, the person however is, Sebastian. Sebastian hits him in return, but sevenfold, and Sebastian having been in Illyria only a few days is proposed to by a beautiful lady and is hit by a man he had never seen before, "are all the people mad" Sebastian says. This is an extremely funny series of events started by the disguise of one single woman. It is evident therefore, that the disguises of Viola / Cesario as an example are very important and central to the …show more content…
There is the occasion when Sir Andrew mistakes Sebastian for Cesario. The gulling of Malvolio and Feste dressing up as Sir Topas, when Sir Toby is keen to bring the joke to an end, more out of self interest than any concern for Malvolio. Feste uses a black parson's gown, which is, ironically, the colour normally associated with Malvolio, who in contrast is dressed in bright colours. This reversal provides a visible symbol of just how thoroughly his pride has been humiliated.
Feste says, "There is no darkness but ignorance" and Malvolio's ignorance has been ruthlessly exposed, although he was ignorant to think that Olivia loved him in the first place.
It is the verbal and character comedy of Sir Topas, showing how humour comes from the rapid switching of roles and, if rather uneasily, from the deception of Malvolio.
There are also more subtle examples of disguise in the Twelfth Night, the nature of characters as well as their identities are disguised. In the letter to Malvolio, Sir Toby Belch disguises his real motives behind his show of friendship for Sir