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William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: Feste - Trevor Nunn’s (1996) adaptation of Twelfth Night illustrates the complexity of Feste’s character and how important he is to the overall play. Ben Kingsley, the actor, presents Feste as sympathetic and gentle choric figure. It is Feste who allows the audience to see the films respect for the original play, and the existing issues within it. This includes the defencelessness of women, and the attractive, but dangerous, qualities of altering one’s true sexual identity. Interestingly, unlike the original script, Nunn opens his first scene with Feste observing Viola struggle to shore after the shipwreck she has experienced....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]
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Twelfth Night Essay: Feste is No Fool - Feste is No Fool in Twelfth Night        In most Shakespearean romantic comedies, there is a character that plays the part of a truth-teller.  And in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night it is no different. Feste, a clown, through his mixed up words and songs enlightens the other characters whilst playing the role of the truth-teller.  Through aiding the Duke with his patience, helping Viola with her love problems, and having a major role in Malvolio's downfall, Feste holds one of the primary parts of the play....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]
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Feste in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Feste in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In William Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, it is ironic how many times the fool is said to be dishonest, when, in fact, his role proves entirely opposite. Though sometimes the characters do not realize his hidden messages, the reader can instantly comprehend Feste's figurative language, which is evident in every scene in which the fool appears. Whether he is singing to Orsino, arguing with Malvolio, or playing around with Viola, Feste always manages to sneak in a few symbolic foretokens before his exit....   [tags: William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Essays] 1065 words
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Free Essays - Importance of Feste in Twelfth Night - Importance of Feste in Twelfth Night Feste, the amusing clown, plays a most important part in the play. He is able to take on several roles, and is indeed "for all waters"; from serious to comic, learned to nonsensical, the wit or the practical joker; just as the occasion seems to suggest. Because he is a part of both the main and sub plot, Feste is the character, who links both parts of the play together, making Twelfth Night a whole. The clown contributes towards the humourous entertainment of this play through his numerous puns and jokes....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays] 444 words
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The Dramatic Significance of Feste in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - The Dramatic Significance of Feste in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Feste is presented as the fool or jester as hired by Olivia to entertain. He is an ‘allowed fool’. However many of the other characters are the ‘real fools’ such as sir Toby belch-an ironic surname due to his tendency to drink heavily or Malvolio who Feste convinces is mad when he masquerades as Sir Topaz. Feste almost reverses the roles talking down to Olivia and making her out to be the fool “do you not hear fellows....   [tags: Papers] 950 words
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The Role and Function of Feste in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - The Role and Function of Feste in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In Elizabethan times the Twelfth Night was a time of holiday and festivals and it was sometimes known as the feast of fools. Slapstick comedy, satire and romance along with disguise and frivolity were all ingredients, which would have been the order of the day. Feste the fool represents the festive spirit of the play, and he makes an important contribution to the action. Fools were employed by noble families, Feste is employed by the Countess Olivia....   [tags: Papers] 451 words
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Feste and Malvolio in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Feste and Malvolio in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night, there are many very different characters. Feste and Malvolio are two good examples of characters, very different from each other. One is someone who acts like a puritan and scolds others when they do not act in the same way, whereas the other is someone who gets scolded for being clever with his words and for enjoying singing. This does not mean I would like the play more if one of the two characters were not in the play....   [tags: Papers] 1098 words
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Explore with Close Textual Reference Shakespeare's Presentation of Feste in Twelfth Night - Feste is a jester, clown or fool who moves between the homes of Olivia and Orsino. During the Renaissance, monarchs and some noble families had fools or clowns in their households as entertainers- to sing, make witty observations and play practical jokes. Shakespeare usually includes at least one clown in most of his comedies. This is how Feste earns his living, along with giving other characters shrewd advice. Despite being a professional fool, Feste often seems the most intelligent person in Twelfth Night....   [tags: European Literature] 1340 words
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The Fools in Twelfth Night - The Fools of Twelfth Night         It is not unusual that the fool should be a prominent figure and make an important contribution in forming the confusion and the humor in an Elizabethan drama. In William Shakespeare's comedy, Twelfth Night, Feste the clown is not the only fool who is subject to foolery. He and many other characters combine their silly acts and wits to invade other characters that either escape reality or live a dream. In Twelfth Night, Feste, Maria and Sir Toby are the fools that make the comedy work in many senses....   [tags: Twelfth Night Essays]
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The Fool as a Playwright in Twelfth Night -           Feste, the fool character in Twelfth Night, in many ways represents a playwright figure, and embodies the reach and tools of the theater. He criticizes, manipulates and entertains the other characters while causing them to reflect on their life situations, which is similar to the way a playwright such as Shakespeare interacts with his audience. Furthermore, more so than the other characters in the play he accomplishes this in a highly performative way, involving song and clever wordplay that must be decoded, and is thus particularly reflective of the mechanisms at the command of the playwright....   [tags: Twelfth Night Essays]
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Plethora of Fools in Twelfth Night - Plethora of Fools in Twelfth Night Folly is one of the main weaknesses in Twelfth Night with a number of characters portraying their own strange foolish ways. Feste is the professional fool; he is the most noticeable fool and is very quickly recognised by the audience as an intelligent man. Orsino and Olivia are really foolish because of the decisions they make but they are regarded as intelligent. The biggest fool of all is Olivia's steward, Malvolio.   Feste was obviously the most noticeable fool....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays] 703 words
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Wisdom in Twelfth Night - Beyond Seriousness to Wisdom in Twelfth Night         Shakespeare seems preoccupied with madness and folly in Twelfth Night. The word "fool" and its variants ("foolery," "foolish," and so forth) appear eighty times in the play, and the word "folly" occurs seven times. There are, in addition, other means of indicating foolishness such as Maria's "Now, sir, thought is free" (1.3.67). As Feste suggests, "Foolery ... does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere" (3.1.39-40). Robert Armin, who originated the role of Feste, was fascinated by fools and wrote Foole upon Foole, a book which treated this subject....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]
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The Purpose of the Sub-plot in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night - Twelfth Night or What You Will is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. It has been performed hundreds of times and adapted into a number of modern films. The main plot of the play follows Viola, a girl who is rescued from a shipwreck and enters into the service of the Duke Orsino disguised as a man. Rising quickly in his estimation, Viola begins delivering messages of love on his behalf to Olivia, a noble woman who has no interest in Orsino’s advances. Over the course of the play Olivia falls in love with the disguised Viola, Viola falls in love with Orsino, and Viola’s twin brother Sebastian, who supposedly died in the shipwreck, returns....   [tags: Twelfth Night Sub-plot]
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The Purpose of Disguise in Twelfth Night - Theme of Disguise in Twelfth Night The notion of disguise is very important theme within Twelfth Night.  From my point of view I feel that the crux of the play is primarily based on this concept.  Indeed "there's something in it that is deceivable" summarizes this point precisely.  Disguise runs like a thread through the play from start to end and holds it all together just as tightly as thread would fabric.  Yet, paradoxically as the plot progresses there are many problems, deceptions and illusions, which provide a comment on human behavior and creating the needed escape of comedy....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]
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Use of Disguise in Twelfth Night - Twelfth Night, "there's something in it that is deceivable". Disguise is very important as a theme in the Twelfth Night.  In fact, disguise is a crucial plot to the play.  It is the thread which runs through the play from start to end and holds it all together.  Yet, paradoxically along the way there are many problems, deceptions and illusions, providing a comment on human behavior and creating comedy. Women's parts were played by boy actors in Shakespeare's day, so the audience would have found special sophistication in Viola's part:  a boy dressing up as a woman who, in the play disguises herself as a man....   [tags: Twelfth Night Essays]
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The Foolishness in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - The Foolishness in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night      William Shakespeare used a unique device to explain how foolishness is an unavoidable part of everyday life.  He employed many specific examples of foolishness in his comedy titled Twelfth Night.  Each of the characters he created were all foolish in one way or another.  Not only do the characters entertain the audience, but also educate the audience as they portray mankind avoiding obvious truth.        Shakespeare takes a humorous approach to expose the ways we fall prey to pride, vanity and self-deception.  As the story unfolds, the characters discover their faults before they can do any real harm to themselves...   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]
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Gender Roles in Twelfth Night - Born on approximately April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, William Shakespeare is considered by many to have been the greatest writer the English language has ever known. His literary legacy included 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and five major poems. Among his many plays is the notable, Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy, placed in a festive atmosphere in which three couples are brought together happily. The play opens with Orsino, the Duke of Illyria, expressing his deep love for the Countess Olivia....   [tags: William Shakespeare Twelfth Night]
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Twelfth Night Essay: Olivia's Denial -     After first reading Twelfth Night I was puzzled at Olivia's denial of Orsino's hand in marriage and her subsequent desire for Cesario. After considerable thought and research, I intend to propose and support the argument that Olivia is not being simply "coy" towards Orsino, nor does she desire Cesario because he/she is attracted to him/her. She denies Orsino because of her refusal to marry a man of higher rank and desires to marry Cesario because he is a man of lower rank. Olivia wants to give the impression that her mourning of her brother's death doesn't allow for the admittance of suitors....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]
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Malvolio in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Malvolio in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night The problem involving Malvolio in Twelfth Night has been known for a long time but still very difficult. The gist of it is this. A lot of modern readers or spectators feel that the way in which Malvolio is treated is extremely bad. We expect him to become the centre of humour; we know that in the business of comedy, a very puritanical and rather joyless figure is likely to receive comedic humiliation; but in this case the humiliation that Malvolio gets, seems protracted and harsh....   [tags: Malvolio William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Essays] 576 words
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"Twelfth Night" - A Tragic Comedy - Shakespeare’s comedies have always had a distinct subtext of tragedy as shown in Twelfth Night. It teeters on the brink of tragedian literature similar to his tragedies, such as Hamlet, through the ambiguity of the main characters and unfinished resolutions. Comedies are generally morally clear- the villains and heroes are clearly defined. Twelfth Night’s characters have a layer of ambiguity stemming from their use of illusion in the form of mistaken identity. A central theme of the play is the contrast between illusion and reality and how the characters in the play manipulate their various roles for their own benefit and against each other....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]
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The ‘Twelfth Night Twins’ Study - ... began to study twins who were separated during early childhood and raised in different families. His findings conclude that the similarities between twins are due to genes, not environment. Captain et al (2010) - the Twelfth Night Twins Viola and Sebastian first met on September the 22nd, 2010, after 50 years of being separated by adoption at the age of two. When studied by behavioural psychologist, Dr Antonio Captain, astonishing similarities were uncovered in their lives and behaviour. Both had been adopted by separate families on opposite sides of Illyria therefore had grown up within 60 miles of each other....   [tags: personalities, attitude, telephaty] 801 words
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The Use of Deception in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - The Use of Deception in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night            Deception is a key theme in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The characters must use deception to obtain good things, escape bad situations, or to play cruel hilarious ticks on other people. One example of deception is when Viola clothes herself in men's clothing in order to obtain a job under the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. During another scene Sir Andrew, Fabian, Maria, and Sir Toby Belch trick Malvolio into making a fool of himself....   [tags: William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Essays]
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Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare - In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare portrays several characters in a controversial way. Some witty characters are portrayed as foolish, and some foolish characters are portrayed as witty. In the beginning of the play, Sir Andrew and Malvolio are presented as smart people; however, as the play progresses, the audience is exposed to their foolish sides. On the other hand, Sir Toby and Feste are portrayed as fools, but as the plot develops the audience acknowledges their wisdom. Malvolio and Sir Andrew’s foolish sides are exposed because of their gullible nature, while Feste and Sir Toby’s wisdom is revealed through their insightful remarks and brilliant prank ideas....   [tags: Character Analysis] 1153 words
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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - In the play Twelfth Night Viola’s disguise is a prime example of Feste’s line in the play “nothing that/ is so is so” (4.1.6-7). Everything is not as it seems, this is shown through Viola’s disguise as “Cesario” which causes issues of mistaken identities throughout the play. Viola’s disguise becomes a problem for the Duke, Orsino because he actually trusts her, and believes that she is truly a man. Another character who is affected by Viola’s disguise is Malvolio. Malvolio is used as the messenger of love between Olivia and Cesario....   [tags: Viola, literary analysis]
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Compare and Contrast of Mosquito Coast and Twelfth Night - The novel Mosquito Coast and the play Twelfth Night both contain similar and dissimilar aspects to them. In both these works there are characters who through deception and trickery, are later enlightened to the truth. Themes of actuality and truth become quite apparent in these works. Though completely different written pieces (Twelfth Night with its comedic enlightenment, and Mosquito Coast with its serious "growing up" style enlightenment) are both comprised of the latter truth element where an inevitable realization of reality is reached in the end....   [tags: enlightenment, trickery, reality, truth] 1388 words
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Twelfth Night and Pygmalion - The play Twelfth Night is set in a Elizabethan country household in a place called Illyria. Illyria is a fictional place. Although the setting felt familiar to the audience, the name Illyria gave it a feeling of escape from reality, something that was important because everyday life could be tough in those days. The people needed an escape from reality sometimes. In this play we meet the upper class, as well as the lower class. It is not certain whether it really is "twelfth night", but there are several things in this play that suggest that it might well be the twelfth night....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1769 words
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Humor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Humor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In Twelfth Night we see different types of humour. There is the witty word play exchanged by Viola and Feste, the bawdy humour of Sir Toby, the foolishness of Sir Andrew, self-importance of Malvolio, and the general confusion caused by Viola’s disguiseAn account of Humor in Twelfth Night....   [tags: Papers] 965 words
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Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night promotes the idea of living in the moment. This lifestyle based on Carpe Diem brings happiness to some characters, as it did with Sir Toby Belch, Sebastian Roderigo of Messaline and Feste the fool. Through their experiences and actions, this play demonstrates the influence and impact this theme can have on their lives. Time ceases to elude them, as they utilize every second in each instant that passes them by, while they give no thought towards the future. While life can be a burden on some people, Sir Toby uses Carpe Diem to eliminate stress and cause joy and entertainment for him....   [tags: Carpe Diem, Impulse]
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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - ... It's as simple as that” (Collins, 2008). President Snow also shows us his rigidity by wanting to execute and fear the districts “I mean, why do we have a winner. I mean, if we just wanted to intimidate the districts, why not round up twenty-four at random and execute them all at one. It would be a lot faster” (Collins, 2008). It is exactly this behavior of President Snow that we the readers see him as the teacher that punishes theirs students for not washing their car correctly after they do it out of the goodness of their hearts....   [tags: character analysis, puritan malvolio] 1058 words
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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - ... To mourn means to feel or show deep sorrow for someone's death and in this case that person is her brother. Just by Shakespeare using the word mourn it will show the audience how much of a struggle Olivia is really going through. Malvolio is a character who undergoes emotional pain through humiliation. Maria wrote a letter to Malvolio, pretending she was Olivia. The letter was to trick Malvolio into thinking Olivia was madly in love with him, which of course was not true. Sir Toby, Fabian, and Sir Andrew hid behind a bush while Malvolio read the letter aloud....   [tags: emotional pain, olivia, viola, plague] 1154 words
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Music in Twelfth Night - Critics call Twelfth Night one of William Shakespeare’s most poetic and musical plays. Shakespeare writes poetic lines for the major characters, Viola, Orsino, and Olivia, and gives the Fool, and other minor characters, songs to sing throughout the play. The particularly romantic lines of the play make it seem as if the characters are professional poets themselves. Shakespeare also uses the music and poetry in Twelfth Night to foreshadow what is going to happen for the rest of the performance and to reveal major themes in the play....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1333 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - ‘Twelfth Night’ or ‘What You Will’ by Shakespeare is seen as a comedy for various reasons. However, on many occasions, this play is almost categorised as a tragedy because of the different situations that the killjoy figure has to endure, through the use of mockery. Because of this, critics find that there is a very thin line between the categorisation of the novel and therefore see ‘Twelfth Night’ as both comedy and tragedy despite the fact that the audience and Shakespeare call this play a comedy....   [tags: Elizabethan plays and comedies analysis] 965 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as a Feminist Play - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as a Feminist Play I agree to a certain extent that twelfth night is a feminist play. What exactly is feminism. It simply means subversion of traditional ideas of gender. This means that men are supposed to be active, rational, wise, perceptive, loyal and trustworthy. On the other hand, Women are supposed to be passive, emotional, shallow, vain, deceptive and fickle. I agree to a certain extent that “Twelfth Night” is a feminist play [meaning that I agree to it] as the female characters are essentially good and most males in the play have flaws....   [tags: Papers] 1777 words
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Analysis of Malvolio in the Twelfth Night by Shakespeare - The character of Malvolio is treated too cruelly for Twelfth Night to be classed as a comedy. Malvolio is constantly humiliated and has some of the major elements of a tragic character. The revenge served to him is extremist and is not an equal reaction to his behavior. Malvolio's puritan nature and extreme unwillingness to be social with his peers upsets certain characters more than others. Sir Toby and Maria show carelessness for his person as he has a strict adherence to rules, contrasting with their blatant disregard for rules and discipline this is conveyed through the line “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Sir Toby mocks Malvolio's pur...   [tags: play, revenge, behavior, irony] 1148 words
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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Doesn't everyone want someone to love, someone to care for you as much as you care for him or her. Someone who will keep you company in lonely times or who will act as if your brains are tuned into the same wavelength. Share an inseparable bond and grow old with. Love is a very powerful emotion and can be misused because it is thrown around too casually, and be swept up in it very quickly like Viola is with Orsino when she says,” Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions and spirit, Do give thee five-fold blazon: not too fast:
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Unless the master were the man....   [tags: story, character and literary analysis]
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Sexuality in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the young Viola, having once lost her brother in a shipwreck, realizes that dressing up as a boy herself is the best way to continue living and thriving and looking for him. This play shows how much respect Shakespeare had for women more than ever, as Viola can do anything that a man can do. In addition to that, the serving-woman Maria proves herself perfectly capable of tricking Malvolio, enough so to make everyone in town to think he has gone completely mad. Both of these women are headstrong and sure of themselves and just itching to prove to the men in the play that none of them can think of themselves as better than the women....   [tags: Viola, LGBT, women]
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Festivity in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night - The perfect lives that make up the routine of the Illyrian citizens portrays a society in which enjoyment, and personal gain are held in utmost priority. Shakespeares mocks the passivity of the Illyrian lifestyle to explain to the audience that excess of such festivity has negative side effects such as ego and lack of true love. He expresses that the pursuit of expression and truth in itself invokes enjoyment. Sir Aguecheek mirrors the uncertainty of a person through lack of self-confidence and the desire to openly reveal his true self when lamenting “Is it a world to hide virtues in?” (1.3.131)....   [tags: historic, character and story analysis]
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The Role of Malvolio in Twelfth Night - The Role of Malvolio in Twelfth Night The main storyline in Twelfth Night is love between Cesario, Orsino, Olivia and later on in the play Sebastian. Malvolio’s part in the play is a backdrop situation separate from the main story. He brings a level of both humour and sympathy to the play. Malvolio is one of the main sources of humour in Twelfth Night. In the later part of the play a different side of him is exposed. Malvolio is Olivia’s steward and his job is to manage Olivia’s house; he is her chief servant....   [tags: Papers] 1551 words
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The Bittersweet Comedy of Twelfth Night - The Bittersweet Comedy of Twelfth Night Twelfth night is a name commonly given to the Christian feast of the Epiphany which is celebrated on the 6th of January. On this day we remember the coming of the Magi and the taking down of decorations which is a sad occasion for many but also a happy occasion as new times are beginning. Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy, and romantic love is the play’s main focus. Despite the fact that the play offers a happy ending, in which the various lovers find one another and achieve wedded bliss, Shakespeare shows that love can cause pain....   [tags: Papers] 971 words
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An Unusual Perspective of Hierarchies in Twelfth Night by Shakespeare - ‘Twelfth Night’ or ‘What You Will’ falls into the subgenre of festive comedy as the spirit of the festival turns the normal hierarchies of the social sphere upside down and unacceptable behaviour becomes acceptable (as established by Barber in 'Shakespeare's Festive Comedy'). The character Feste attacks authoritative figures during the days of the Christmas period. As Feste can be seen as a mock mayor he often makes absurd declarations aimed at Olivia and Orsino as he points out that Olivia's excessive mourning is over-indulgent and ‘fool[ish]’ and notes Duke Orsino's extreme moodiness when he compares Orsino's mind to an ‘opal’ that changes colour....   [tags: comedy, mockery, festivity] 574 words
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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare First impressions of Twelfth Night can be deceiving as on a simplistic level it can be portrayed as a typical Shakespearean comedy. However, Twelfth Night is a mixture of both romantic comedy and tragedy. The romantic comedy elements can be found throughout the play as its structure is based on a typical Elizabethan style, it has escapism with magical settings and happy endings, as is 'Midsummer's Night Dream'. Also Twelfth night has unusual names such as Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, this type of humour is also used in 'Midsummer's Night Dream' in the form of Bottom....   [tags: Papers] 1103 words
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The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare The Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most delightful comedies. It lets us laugh and appreciate the foolishness of everyday human beings and teaches us that the obvious fools are indeed not the fools but the wise ones. To never take anything for granted and to always keep hope that things will work out in the end. Shakespeare takes his exaggeration to the limit, aiming for ludicrous rather than ridiculous. His talent is well displayed when he turns people's much misfortune into this absurdly hilarious comedy....   [tags: Papers] 998 words
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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare The complex plot - full of mistaken identities, misdirected passions, high comedy, low tricks, and unexpected poignancy - begins as a ship, carrying the identical twins Viola and Sebastian is wrecked off the coast of a fictional country, Illyria. Viola is washed ashore on this alien coast and becomes convinced that her beloved brother is dead. She learns that she is near the home of Olivia, a young countess who is also in mourning, for her recently dead father and brother....   [tags: Papers] 456 words
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Comparing Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night - Parallels between Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night What is comedy?  Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia says: "A comedy depicts the follies and absurdities of human beings."  Webster's Dictionary defines comedy as: "A drama or narrative with a happy ending."  Shakespeare's play, Measure for Measure, fits both of these descriptions.  Follies and absurdities are present in the play: Lucio slanders the Duke, not realizing that his crude remarks are being spoken to the Duke himself; Angelo abuses his power thinking that the Duke is not present to know; and Ragozine happens to die in prison the day a head is needed to substitute for Claudio's.  Th...   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1984 words
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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare When Shakespeare wrote the 12th night the social mores were very strict. For example servants were not allowed to woo their masters but in the 12th night these rules of society were corrupted for example. Olivia loving cesario but Olivia doesn't realise that cesario is really a man and that links with cesario because she was a very wealthy woman but in an instant she becomes a servant also she is in mourning for her brother but now she is very joyful and in love....   [tags: Papers] 586 words
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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare The first character we are introduced to in 'Twelfth Night' is Orsino, a count of Illyria. We learn in this first scene that he is in love with a beautiful woman named Olivia by reading his two speeches at the beginning. However, as the play progresses we learn that Orsino is a very self-indulgent character with set ideas about love and what should follow. This is wrong in the first place, as love should come naturally and have no rules, but Orsino is very clear in his mind about 'love' and convinces himself that he is in love with Olivia....   [tags: Papers] 1101 words
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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare The idea of courtly love based in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth night' involved a woman being put on a pedestal and worshipped from a distance like she was goddess who could not be attained. Only by very long devotion and lots of trials could a man get this kind of woman. The woman quite often appeared to be both cruel and fair. Courtly love was a sexless kind of love and was more idealised. Therefore in reality men much like Orsino almost certainly treasured the idea of love more than anyone else....   [tags: Papers] 1138 words
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Twelfth Night by Trevor Nunn (Screen Play) - ... Meanwhile Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, who also survived the shipwreck, comes to IIIyria. His sea-captain friend, Antonio, is a wanted man for piracy against Orsino. The resemblance between Cesario and Sebastian leads the jealous Sir Andrew to challenge Cesario to a duel. Antonio intervenes to defend Cesario whom he thinks is his friend Sebastian, and is arrested. Olivia has in the meantime met and become betrothed to Sebastian. Cesario is accused of deserting both Antonio and Olivia when the real Sebastian arrives to apologize for fighting Sir Toby....   [tags: cinematography and filming breakdown] 1676 words
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