Malvolio, the Lover and the Spider

Malvolio, in the She’s The Man

Although Malvolio in the play of Twelfth Night is a real person under Olivia’s authority, Malvolio shows its presence in the movie She’s The Man as a Malcolm’s tarantula. But the tarantula indirectly connects its host Malcolm to Malvolio in the real play. Malcolm in the movie chases Olivia and desperately seek for her love, as Malvolio does in Twelfth Night. Malcolm also wears comical yellow striped socks that Malvolio does wear after Maria’s trick. Both Malcolm and Malvolio are certainly not the major characters on the story, but they significantly contribute to comical aspects of both the movie and the play.

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