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1

Nicole Smith critic

“There is a sense of hopelessness in the battle between what one says and what is truth”

2

Carol Neelis critic about Viola’s gender

“She sets out on a quest, transgendered, removing all restraints and becomes a liberated individual”

3

F D Tromley critic

Folly is an important force in the play, one that allows the characters to come to terms with life by learning to accept “delusion, vulnerability, mortality”

4

David Lewis critic

“For both Orsino and Olivia, self-deception serves as an avoidance of the real world and of real emotion”

5

Harold Bloom critic

“...everyone, except the reluctant jester, Feste, is essentially mad without knowing it”

6

Jonathan Bate critic

“Viola redeems the play because she proves to be selfless, not selfish, in love”

7

Stephen Greenblatt

“Orsino nicely captures the gender confusion in an unintentionally ironic description of his young page”