For every practical joke played on, there’s always a victim; likewise the title of the post. In my experience, I have played all these parts. However, I’m mostly the victim, though sometimes part of the jokers along with my friends ganging up on someone, or occasionally, I’m just an innocent bystander.
My friends and I have a lot of fun dissing eachother, though sometimes, me and a close buddy, since we know eachother so well to actually be able to read each other’s thoughts, that we automatically start ganging up on another friend, supporting what we each say.
Like for instance, the time when a friend of mine was in the library with my close friend, working after school on unfinished homework. She suddenly left her computer logged on with her school mail account opened, since she had to go get something. My close friend seized the chance to send a mail to all our friends, including me, a mail from her account saying she had this crush on this geeky guy. For many days after that joke, she denied of her crush, accusing my close friend of sending the e-mail out from her account. My close friend of course denied it, and joked about forwarding the e-mail to the entire grade. My friend took it seriously, freaking out. Then one day, my close friend came to her and told her that the threat was true and that everyone in our grade knew about it. I played along, saying that I recieved it as well, along with many others. Since we were in on the joke, we told her with relish that my close friend had forwarded that e-mail to her crush as well – twice! After she got over her worst, we told her it was a joke, except that made her even more mad at us, though at least she didn’t hold a grudge against us.
In this example, my friend is like Malvolio in Act 2 Scene 5, the victim of the practical joke. The other friend who played the joke was more like Maria, the crafty joke-inventor, as for me, I was more like either Sir Toby, Fabian, and hopefully not Sir Andrew.
As for epithets , there are many within Act 2 Scene 5. Here is a list:
1) Niggardly rascally sheep-biter ( an insult used to mean ‘woman-chaser’, or ‘puritan’
3) Contemplative idiot ( used by Maria to describe Malvolio )
4) Overweening rogue ( an insult meaning immensely conceited git by Sir Toby to Malvolio when he’s daydreaming out loud.)
5) Foolish knight ( a negative description of Sir Andrew made by Malvolio )
6) Fortunate-Unhappy ( Maria’s clue that points towards Olivia )
7) Noble gull-catcher ( an endearment used by Sir Toby towards Maria )