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1 ENG1D1 10 June 2021 Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night Sir Toby Belch is an unlikeable character in Twelfth Night because he is discourteous, exploitative, and remorseless. Firstly, he is discourteous as he takes advantage of Olivia’s hospitality by returning to her home late at night, when he is often drunk, and bringing a guest along with him. Maria scolds Sir Toby one night: “That quaffing and drinking will undo you; I heard/my lady talk of it yesterday, and of a foolish knight/that you brought in one night here to be her wooer.” (1.3.13-15) His conversation with Maria confirms that Olivia is allowing Sir Toby to stay in her home, but she does not approve of his late-night carousing. It is especially disrespectful of Sir Toby to act the way he is while knowing Olivia is mourning the loss of her brother. As a guest, one usually tries to be as little of a burden as they possibly can. However, in addition to himself, Sir Toby brings along another guest, Sir Andrew, who participates in his rowdy behaviour as well. He believes that Sir Andrew would make a fine husband for Olivia, but

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