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  1. Mar 2018
  2. engl22049.commons.gc.cuny.edu engl22049.commons.gc.cuny.edu
    1. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, andsome have greatness thrust upon ’em.

      Malvolio's self righteous personality is shown through this phrase. He mentions that "some have greatness thrust upon 'em," referring to his view that he is destined for nobility and eminence. He speaks of himself in third person displaying the egoism that he contains. After Malvolio finds the letter that he believes was written by Olivia, he automatically assumes that it is from Olivia and that its true that Olivia wants him to declare his love. This displays the theme of how desire can make someone a fool. Malvolio's egoism as well as his desire for Olivia makes him do all of the foolish things that the letter told him to.

  3. Sep 2013
    1. and utterly ignorant of the pleasures and desires of mankind and of human character in general

      There isn't a direct connection, but it seems like he's an ethical egoist, i.e. that one ought to be concerned only about herself.