Viola and the Clown represent archetypes of an explorer, a lover and the jester.
To illustrate the explorer and lover archetype, Viola, also known as Cesario, travels around an island called Illyria and falls in love with her master, the duke Osario. Viola represents the explorer archetype when she wants to explore the island and tells the captain to "present me as an eunuch to him; It may be worth thy pains, for I can sing and speak to him in many sorts of music” (page 17). Viola wants to be adventurous and takes risks throughout the play, such as pretending to be a man, and accomplish many tasks to please other people. Because she creates the illusion that she is a man, she is able to fulfill many tasks and have the freedom that a woman does not have. Viola also displays a lover archetype by showing affection towards Osario and hunting to him that she loves him without revealing her identity and saying that “My father had a daughter lov'd a man, as it might be, perhaps, were I a woman, I should your lordship.” (Page 61). Viola confesses her love for the duke, burin third person.
She portrays the lover archetype due to the fact that she will do anything for the duke, even disguise herself in order to work for him. In the end, they end up getting married.
On the contrary, Feste, the clown in the play, depicts the archetype of the jester. Feste relentlessly jokes around with Osario and jokingly says that “I would not have you to think that my desire of having is the sin of covetousness: but, as you say, sir, let your bounty take a nap, I will awake it anon.” (Page 200). Osario is confessing his love for Olivia to Feste, but the clown just harasses the duke and saying that it will never happen and