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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare When Shakespeare wrote the story, Twelfth Night, what did his title mean. This play is often referred to as a "festival" comedy, which means a comedy that is specially designed to take place on a festival or holiday. In this case of the "twelfth night," the feast of epiphany, or the last day of the Christmastide events, was his way of letting you figure out when this took place. The phrase "what you will," is another way of saying, "as you wish," or to give the play's title any name you wish, as long as you understand it....   [tags: Papers] 724 words
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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Twelfth night is a comedy play written by William Shakespeare. The entire play revolves around love and ideas of love. The very first line of the play tells us that love will be the main feature: ‘If music be the food of love, play on’. Shakespeare delves deeply into the different facets of love, and explores how each facet is totally different from each other although they all revolve around the same thing: Love. Many facets of love are explored through respective characters in the play, which combine feelings and emotion to bring the idea of love to life....   [tags: Papers] 2017 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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A Streetcar Named Desire and Twelfth Night: Comparative task - Blanche is Stella’s eccentric sister, she comes to Elysian Fields for help because she has gone through a traumatic period and is struggling with who she is. Malvolio is is a typical brown nose, he will do anything to gain favor of Countess Olivia. However those opposite characters explore the same themes.Through their roles in Twelfth Night and A Streetcar named Desire, Malvolio and Blanche both undergo unrequited love and downfall but because sympathy is created for Blanche both characters have an opposite effect on the audience....   [tags: creative writing, love, downfalls] 1125 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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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, As You Like It by William Shakespeare - Many details of Shakespeare’s person life were left a mystery for which we as readers must wonder if his plays and sonnets give clue. When going to a Shakespearean play one will find the experience in its self, is one of love, loss, and tragedy. People would come from all around to feel the way Shakespeare wanted the audience to feel. He wanted to express his life and his way of thinking through his art which was dramatic writing. Shakespeare expresses his love through his plays such as Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Hamlet and many others through his use of wit, humor and dramatic talent....   [tags: mystery, antonio, sebastian, sonnetes]
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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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The Pain and Suffering of "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare - Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night revolves around a love triangle that continually makes twists and turns like a rollercoaster, throwing emotions here and there. The characters love each another, but the common love is absent throughout the play. Then, another character enters the scene and not only confuses everyone, bringing with him chaos that presents many different themes throughout the play. Along, with the emotional turmoil, each character has their own issues and difficulties that they must take care of, but that also affect other characters at same time....   [tags: salingar, orsino, olivia, viola]
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Theatrical Tradition of Transvestitism in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - ... Queen Elizabeth I favored citizens who had a good sense of style, people were always wearing and buying the best clothes they could afford. In Much Ado About Nothing appearance is everything. Benedick is usually in the garment of a soldier; his uncombined clothing reveals him as a lovelorn man. “Fashion wears out more apparel than the men” (MA III.iii.136) The idea is that in the Elizabethan Era fashion changed too quickly, people had to throw away clothes in good condition because they weren’t in style anymore....   [tags: elizabethan era, fashion, english poetry]
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Twelfth Night - There is More Than One Way to Love! - Many people know what love is, the strong affection that one feels for another. But there are numerous different kinds of love. Shakespeare expresses diverse degrees of love in his play Twelfth Night, especially through his main characters. For example, Lady Olivia seems to not be able to let go of the one she loves, Cesario and seems dreadfully desperate for him. Similarly, a very egotistical love is shown through the character Duke Orsino, who insists that he cannot love any other woman than the Lady Olivia when it is obvious that he loves being in love, rather than loving Olivia....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1359 words
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Twelfth Night: Malvolio iIs Miss-understood - “Twelfth night” was the name given to the last day of the Elizabethan Christmas festivities; they were celebrated everywhere at the time. In the Christian calendar, “Twelfth Night” is known as feast of Epiphany. It is the remembrance of the three kings that came to the stable in Bethlehem with their gifts of gold and other valuables for the birth of Jesus. “Twelfth Night” was sometimes given the title “Malvolio” when it was performed or “what you will”. This is because Shakespeare had turned a character into a memorable individual....   [tags: Shakespeare] 1282 words
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Twelfth Night Essay: Appearance vs. Reality - William Shakespeare's, Twelfth Night has many themes, but appearance vs. reality is the theme that illustrates a different picture from two perspectives, there are many characters behind their masks and disguises. Some are hiding love behind these disguises and some are trying to show their love through a different disguise. They both still being servants are using disguise differently. Malvolio, servant of Olivia, falls in love with the trap (the letter) thinking his lady likes him, and to show his love he uses a different appearance to express it....   [tags: Character Analysis, Synopsis]
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night William Shakespeare was baptised on the 26th April 1564, and as it was the tradition for children to be taken to the church for this only a few days after birth, April 23rd has been traditionally held as his actual birthday. It also fits relatively nicely for English person to be born on St. George's Day as this represents England. He was born in Stratford upon Avon. In 1601, near the middle of Shakespeare's career, it is assumed he wrote the play Twelfth Night....   [tags: Papers] 1966 words
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Love in twelfth night - Love in twelfth night In the play twelfth night, Shakespeare covered three types of love : Lust, true love and brotherly love. Love is one of the most confusing and most misunderstood emotions that we as humans posses. Love is an extremely diverse emotion which is why it was used as the main topic in twelfth night. Lust, which is probably one of the most confusing types of love was an apparent subject in twelfth night.There are many reasons why one would lust, one could be because you are attracted to a specific quality of a person or could maybe only like there looks or even just thing like there charisma....   [tags: essays research papers] 722 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare's most famous comedies, involving complex plots, which result in hilarious outcomes. The main plot of Twelfth Night tells of Count Orsino's efforts to woo the Lady Olivia who does not return his affection. Instead, Olivia is smitten with Orsino's servant Cesario, unaware of his true identity. Cesario is actually shipwrecked Viola who, believing her brother has drowned, dresses up as a man to work for Orsino....   [tags: Papers] 1323 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Twelfth night is a play written by Shakespeare. It is a comedy about messed up love lives (Orsino, Olivia and Viola’s love triangle), hidden identity, revenge and being selfish. That is what this essay is about, the selfish characters being selfish and how it affected them. The selfish people in the play are, The Duke Orsino, Olivia, Malvolio and Sir Toby. They thought that they could always get their own way but being selfish makes you look like a fool....   [tags: Literature Analysis, Classics] 321 words
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Twelfth Night and Sexuality - An Imitation of Ignorance The play Twelfth Night encapsulates what it meant to be a man and women throughout the 16th century. The roles of each gender were set in stone, and one could not publicly cross over under any circumstances. During Shakespearean times women were not even allowed to portray themselves on stage, men played their roles instead. In my opinion Shakespeare uses the play to show the hypocrisy of the status quo that held people from expressing their true identity. Twelfth Night demonstrates that professions should not be given on a gender basis, skill should be the only consideration....   [tags: essays research papers] 1390 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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Analysis of "Twelfth Night" - William Shakespeare, arguably the most important writer in all of English Literature, is certainly the most influential playwright of the English Renaissance. Born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in rural northern England, he was the son of a middle class glove maker. Competing against such illustrious company as Christopher Marlowe and Ben Johnson, Shakespeare quickly became one of the most popular playwrights in the city of London, and a favourite of the monarch, the powerful Queen Elizabeth I....   [tags: European Literature] 671 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night The use of genre in any literary work assist the responder in understanding the text, as prior knowledge and past experience are used by composers to construct certain expectations due to characteristics that are recognised. Shakespeare, in his play 'Twelfth Night' uses the Romantic comedy genre and it's conventions of strong themes of love and a series of obstacles and misunderstandings concluded with a harmonious union of the lovers to explore gender issues, particularly those of women in society....   [tags: Papers] 1140 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Task: write the script of an interview with an actor/actress who has taken one of the leading roles in the play Twelfth Night. Introduction ============ Hi, tonight I am here with Mel Gibson who played Malvolio in the marvellous film, 'Twelfth Night'. I will be asking him some questions about his character in the film. ===================================================================== What did you like about Malvolio. ================================= I think in twelfth night we encounter several interesting characters....   [tags: Papers] 795 words
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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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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In 'Twelfth Night' Olivia's trusted steward Malvolio, like Sir Andrew, is the 'butt of comedy'. His very name suggests 'ill-will', which echoes his role in the play. Malvolio is an egotistical, "overweening rogue", who is a straight laced, puritanical, social climbing rebuker of others for their anti-social and often sinful behaviour, or as he put it, "misdemeanours". Malvolio's character is summarised excellently by Maria in Act II Scene III: The devil a puritan that he is, or anything, constantly, but a time-pleaser, an affectioned ass that cons state without book and utters it by great swarths; the best persuaded of himse...   [tags: Papers] 456 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In the last act of the play the plot entanglements and confusions are not only sorted out but, also reach their climax. To do this all the plots that have been occurring throughout the play are brought together in one final conclusion. The various plot entanglements are sorted out in what is generally thought to be a happy ending, for instance:- Viola, who is under the mistaken identity of Caesario, finally reveals her true identity because Sebastian has appeared therefore everyone else thinks they are seeing two Ceasario's....   [tags: Papers] 1559 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In Act 1, scenes 1-3, there are many ways to which these scenes provide an effective opening to the play. Individually, these scenes each serve a different aspect, which contributes to an effective opening. In Act 1, scene 1, Orsino is introduced into the picture, with his whining and pining towards this love for Olivia, with much exaggeration, due to the excessive use of imagery, and gives us one of the central theme of the play – transient and complex love....   [tags: Papers] 3269 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night The final act is a simple scene in this romantic Shakesperian comedy. It brings together all the threads of the storyline the plots, mistakes and confusions. It shows Cesario (Viola) being accused of deception, lies and acts of violence by a number of others including Orsino, Olivia, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Antonio. The scene is set outside Olivia's house. It begins with Feste (the fool) and Fabian negotiating with each other over Fabian being allowed to see the letter....   [tags: Papers] 895 words
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Analysis of Twelfth Night - Analysis of Twelfth Night The story starts out with a shipwreck and two siblings, Sebastian and Viola, being separated because of it. Viola and Sebastian are almost identical twins. If it wasn’t for their dress and attitude, they could not be known apart – despite they are of opposite sex. The captain, and a few others onboard the ship, survive the crash and they saved Viola and brought her to shore. The captain of the vessel reassures Viola that her brother may be alive since he saw him get onto a mast before the wind swept him out of view....   [tags: Papers] 889 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night The first speech that Orsino gives us an idea on how his love towards Olivia , this shows his fickle personality because in the first line he asks to be fed with love, and asks for music which then gives us that he’s “romantic” but just after a few lines he changes his mind “if music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it…. This quote shows how he can change his mind in just a matter of short time this also might explain how he was able to leave Olivia for Viola very quickly Orsino is a character which comes from a higher class than the other characters we can prove this by showing how he speaks which is in usi...   [tags: Papers] 783 words
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Twelfth Night - Twelfth Night “Twelfth Night is a comedy of light and shade. Its characters are not unreservedly happy and the events are not unreservedly humorous.” Discuss. As a comedy, Twelfth Night is obviously intending to not only entertain its audience but also point out problems in society. It is imperative to entire merit of the play not to be realistic but to allow for empathy. Therefor to have a comedy of complete lightheartedness there would be no balance and hence no avenue for audience interaction....   [tags: essays research papers] 2006 words
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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night A study of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, showing how Shakespeare's choice of form, structure and language shape meaning Wit, and't be thy will, put me into good fooling. Those wits that think they have thee do very oft prove fools; and I that am sure I lack thee may pass for a wise man. For what says Quinapalus. 'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.' Shakespeare's plays were written to be performed to an audience from different social classes and of varying levels of intellect....   [tags: Literature William Shakespeare Essays] 1769 words
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The Humor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - The Humor in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Comedy should entertain a general audience. It is usually a dramatic work that is light, and often satirical in tone. Horace Walpole once said that "life is like a comedy to those who think, and a tragedy to those who feel." This can be said to be true in as we tend to laugh at comic characters, particularly comic double acts, but "feel" with tragic heroes. The audience at a comedy is likely to feel itself to be slightly superior to, and therefore distant from, the comic figures, even the romantic leads, if it is to laugh at their follies....   [tags: Papers] 1510 words
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William Shakespeare Objectifies Love in his Plays - William Shakespeare is known widely for his plays that dabble in comedy, tragedy, and most importantly, romance. Many of his plays incorporate more than one of these motifs. Throughout Shakespeare's plays, the characters and their dialogue give way to a cynical perspective on societal standards and views about love. In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare derides the societal conceptions of love and chastises the ideals and yearnings of the members of the society. Shakespeare uses irony, metaphors, and plot dynamics to display the immense confusion of mistaken identity which emphasizes the theme love can exist only if society values it....   [tags: twelfth night, shakespeare, love]
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Comedy in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Comedy in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night 'Twelfth Night' is the only one of Shakespeare's plays to have an alternative title: the play is actually called 'Twelfth Night', or 'What You Will'. "Twelfth Night" is usually considered to be a reference to Epiphany, or the twelfth night of the Christmas celebration. In the Elizabethan times this holiday was celebrated as a festival in which everything was turned upside down, much like the chaotic world of Illyria in the play....   [tags: Papers] 1661 words
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The Perplexity of Love Demonstrated in Twelfth Night - Like most fairy tales that commence with "Once upon a time," William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy where a basic conflict is eventually resolved so that all the protagonists live "happily ever after." Similar to Shakespeare's other romantic comedies, Twelfth Night not only includes conflict resolution, but also a wedding in the final act meant to signify the good fortune that is bestowed on all the central characters at the conclusion of the play. Ultimately love is supposed to conquer all things....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 2184 words
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Blindness of Love in Twelfth Night by Shakespeare - Blindness of Love in Twelfth Night by Shakespeare In the play "Twelfth Night" Shakespeare shows how anyone can be blinded by love and act so impulsively to satisfy their appetite for love, that often they fall in love with a façade rather then the person behind the disguise. Also Shakespeare also shows how people are apt to ignore the evidence that disproves the disguise they have fallen in love with. Almost all of the characters in "Twelfth Night" fell in love with a disguise; I will detail the confusing relationships and disguises used in the play to show the blindness of love....   [tags: Papers] 632 words
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Cruelty in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Cruelty in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare "Twelfth Night" is also subtitled as "What you Will" which shows that this should be a happy, festive comedy, its title is from the twelve-day cycle of celebration enjoyed by medieval revellers each December. As this is a comedy it means that there are multiple marriages in the final scene and happy endings for most, except maybe one person who is seen as a fool throughout the play in this instance, Sir Andrew or Malvolio or some may even think, Orsino if they have seen the Trevor Nunn film of this play, in my opinion Feste will not be an object of humour throughout the play as in the Nunn film he is quite a serio...   [tags: Papers] 2595 words
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Shakespeare's Theme of Disguise in Twelfth Night - Shakespeare's Theme of Disguise in Twelfth Night One question that must be looked at when observing this play is ‘Disguise’. The theme is one of the most important aspects of any story, as it can ultimately put the storyline into perspective for the reader. Simply the appearance of the play and this gives us a closer look at William Shakespeare’s intent within this play we call "Twelfth Night" The title Twelfth Night" indirectly relates to the play and supports the theme of disguise....   [tags: Papers] 674 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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The Outcome of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - The Outcome of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare The ‘Twelfth Night’ written by William Shakespeare in the Elizabethan era, is a dramatic comedy enriched with a great deal of hurt to accompany scandalous behaviour and shocking deceptions. The comical elements of this play are those which contribute to Elizabethan humour. The principal characters are of a high social status, making any disruption to their life humorous. The main characters are part of the whirlwind of unrequited love and mistaken identity, which when together are hazardous....   [tags: Papers] 2721 words
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Duke Orsino in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" - In a book on Twelfth Night, Dr. Leslie Hotson suggested that the play was written to compliment an Italian nobleman, Virginio Orsino, Duke of Bracciano, in a court entertainment given for him on Twelfth Night, 1601, and that it was after this gOrsinoh that one of the principle characters was named. However, I am not sure id this Italian Orsino would have feel complimented by seeing himself portrayed as a young, handsome and poetic duke but an inefficient lover. The curtain of Twelfth Night rises with Duke Orsinofs very first speech: gIf music be the food of love, play on ch which shows his characteristics clearly....   [tags: European Literature] 783 words
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Shakespeares Use Of Disguise In Twelfth Night - &#65279; Shakespeare uses disguise in his play, Twelfth Night, to cause confusion and internal conflict between his characters and it is this confusion and conflict that appeal to the audience. It keeps them wondering how many more of these situations will arise, and in the end, how will this confusion and conflict be resolved. The first time that this is evident is in Act I, Scene IV, where Cesario, really Viola is sent by her master, Orsino, to win the love of Countess Olivia for him....   [tags: essays research papers] 520 words
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Malvolio's Mistreatment in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Malvolio's Mistreatment in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Although Malvolio is a pompous, arrogant, and vain character, I still think he was mistreated because he didn't deserve what he got from sir Toby, sir Andrew, Fabian, and Maria. What they did was too harsh on Malvolio and he didn't deserve it. Malvolio's soaring high opinion of himself makes him believe what he wants to, because of this he misunderstands everything Olivia says. When she orders him to 'go to bed' to sleep off his madness he believes she means to go to bed with her, 'I'll come to thee.' Olivia shows concern for her loyal servant and asks for 'special care' of her 'fellow.' Malvolio is a very bighea...   [tags: Papers] 1053 words
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Viola in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Viola in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Viola has a great importance of “Twelfth Night” because she alone helps reveal other main characters’ personalities that would’ve otherwise been hidden. Viola who is disguised as Cesario had the greatest effect in revealing Orsino’s and Olivia’s true natures that were hidden behind their melodramatic and self-involved behaviour. Her strong qualities of being direct, honest and friendly allow her to form close relationships with the both....   [tags: Papers] 758 words
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Malvolio in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Twelfth Night - Character study: Malvolio Character study: Malvolio: Did he deserve the punishment that he received. The character Malvolio (meaning literally “I mean ill will) is immediately affected by the implications of his name. His personage is implied directly to be one of negative and somewhat disagreeable nature, which is continued and supported throughout the play, leading to his downfall and mockery which both initially seem to be thoroughly deserved, due to his numerous defects of personality....   [tags: essays research papers] 1164 words
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Viola in William Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night - Viola in William Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night Viola as a main character is the most deceitful; she tricks everybody into believing she's a man, but as well as being most deceitful she is also the most honest and sincere. So what are her attractive qualities. Why does she appeal to us as an audience. In this essay I will be looking at Viola and her appealing qualities as well as the way in which I believe she should be acted. In many ways Viola represents true love, love that is not self-seeking but self-sacrificing, throughout the play she remains true to Orsino, trusting him completely "To do you rest, a thousand deaths would die" she would die for him and w...   [tags: Papers] 561 words
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Characters of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Characters of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare The title "What you Will" is a perfect summary of the whole play. This story is about deception in character, being something you are not; whether it being disguising gender, true feelings or beliefs. We never no the real to why Viola chose to disguise her gender. We must assume that she wants to conceal her identity until she has gathered enough information about where she is and maybe feels safer dressed as a boy. He is resourceful and does not take pity on herself, despite the fact she thinks she has lost her brother she quickly moves on and tries to make do with the situation....   [tags: Papers] 1969 words
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Twelfth Night's Reflection Upon Women - Twelfth Night's Reflection Upon Women When Shakespeare wrote the play Twelfth Night in about 1602, women were generally thought of inferior to men meaning they were lower class. Shakespeare does no accept this idea. He shows this when he was asked by Queen Elizabeth 1 to write a play with love and comedy, the two main characters are very strong women and the male characters are very weak. Olivia is rich, noble and very emotional and very strong in character. In act 1 scene 2 we learn that Olivia’s brother and father have recently passed away, Olivia has a very strong love for her brother because of this she made some extreme vows: she will not show her face at amp...   [tags: Papers] 722 words
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In Love With Love - Love can be characterized as an intense feeling of affection towards another person that arises from a kinship, or recognition of attractive qualities in that person. Although love can be classified in different ways, the basic concept of love is any number of emotions related to a sense of strong affection and attachment towards a person. People sometimes confuse true love with infatuation; an intense desire for another person. In Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, Duke Orsino is not truly in love with Olivia, however he is in love with love itself....   [tags: Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare] 546 words
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Character Analysis of Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare´s Twelfth Night - Comedy is by far the most influential factor in deciding whether or not a story is entertaining to its audience, due to its ability to create a more relaxed and pleasurable environment in the plot. From the playful awkwardness of Anne Shirley, to the witty banter of detectives Tommy and Tuppence, it is evident that comedic characters have always been appreciated and acknowledged in literature. Sir Toby Belch is but one of many amusing characters, and is by far one of the most humorous. While Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is surrounded around an issue of romantic entanglement, Sir Toby’s very presence is enough to lighten the mood and accentuate the comedic theme of the story through his...   [tags: comedy, character, inmoral, personality] 897 words
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Character Study of Sir Toby Belch from Twelfth Night - ... As he returns home at unearthly hours without care for his niece, and makes no attempt at making money to compensate for her generosity, it is evident that Sir Toby feels the right to live at her estate because of their blood relation. Further proving his selfish behaviour, it is plain to see that the only reason why Sir Toby had befriended Sir Andrew was for his wealth and wanted him to wed Olivia for the same reason. “Why he has three thousand ducats a year” (1.3.20) says Belch with clear intentions and tainted virtue....   [tags: Shakespeare plays] 614 words
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as a Feminist Play - William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as a Feminist Play The play Twelfth Night was written in the Elizabethan days, near the end of the ruling of Queen Elizabeth I. It was also during The Renaissance, which is also the rebirth of learning, which this play was born. It was a period of change, questioning and vitality. People no longer believed everything they were told, but tried to find things out for themselves. As to whether Twelfth Night is a feminist play, would have several differing points to show against or for it....   [tags: Papers] 2549 words
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The Different Types of Comedy Employed by Shakespeare in Twelfth Night - The Different Types of Comedy Employed by Shakespeare in Twelfth Night William Shakespeare wrote 'Twelfth Night' in 1914 as he was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I to write a comic play for very important Italian courtier. The play included themes of love, confusion, disguise and other particularly funny topics from Shakespearean time. The title 'Twelfth Night' fits in well with the comic play for a number of reasons. 'Twelfth Night' is the name used for the Twelfth Day after Christmas....   [tags: Papers] 732 words
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Different Types of Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Different Types of Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In this play, Twelfth Night, there are various kinds of love presented but they can be categorized as true love and infatuation. There is also another kind of love portrayed in this play which is friendship. Self-love is surely one other factor in this play. Well, what is the definition of love. True love to be exact. True love is basically based on inner qualities and actions. It is genuine and sincere. It is sacrificial meaning that it serves others....   [tags: Papers] 2154 words
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An Exploration of the Contribution of Disguise and Deceit to the Humour of Twelfth Night - An Exploration of the Contribution of Disguise and Deceit to the Humour of Twelfth Night ‘Twelfth Night’ could be seen as a play with dark and harsh meanings, for example, it could be said that Malvolio’s planned revenge at the end of the play has an uneasy effect on the audience, in a time of general harmony. However I think that although ‘Twelfth Night’ does raise some moral issues, overall it is an enjoyable play. It is a play; designed to be performed in the dark, gloomy winter to bring lightness into peoples lives and I think it is successful in doing so because of the humorous scenes and characters....   [tags: Papers] 2473 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 of the Fool in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - The Role of the Fool in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare In English Literature, a fool is a person professionally counterfeits folly for the entertainment of others. They are always regarded as comic figures, which provide mediation under tensional circumstances. As Twelfth Night is an atypical romantic comedy, the jester is not the only fool who is subject to foolery, many other characters are subject to foolery by their silly acts as well. There are two types of fool in the play, namely Feste the professional jester who is in fact quite intelligent, and the non-jester fools, who are not fools but act like fools....   [tags: Papers] 740 words
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The Importance of Madness as a Theme in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - The Importance of Madness as a Theme in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Madness is a very important theme that is present in the whole course of the play Twelfth Night. Firstly, we have Malvolio almost turning mad because of the cruel joke the other servants play on him. They make him think he is mad and they also make Olivia think he is mad because of the funny way in which he is acting. There is also the theme of mad love. Some examples of this are Orsino being madly in love with Olivia, Olivia being madly in love with Cesario/Viola and Viola falling madly in love with Orsino....   [tags: Papers] 641 words
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The Function of Different Settings in A Doll's House and Twelfth Night - The Function of Different Settings in A Doll's House and Twelfth Night The setting comparison and deliberation in this essay is between Henric Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". "A Doll's House" deals with the social life and duty, the woman's proper place and role within the family and the society. "Twelfth Night" is about illusion, deception, disguises, madness, and the extraordinary things that love will cause us to do and to see. The plot of the "Twelfth Night" takes place in Illyria, the unreal, fairy-land, the land of illusions and dreams....   [tags: Papers] 603 words
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Life of Malvolio in the Twelfth Night Play- Original Writing - Life of Malvolio in the Twelfth Night Play- Original Writing Twelfth night is a comedy which means that the audience’s expectations are for a light hearted, humorous funny play. Usually in a comedy there is bawdy, lewd language and romantic liaisons. In the play there are also a lot of ridiculous and improbable coincidences which the audience only believe because of willing suspension of disbelief. The title Twelfth Night refers to the Christian feast of epiphany which occurs twelve nights after Christmas....   [tags: Papers] 978 words
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Function of Disguise in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Function of Disguise in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a play based around disguise in the form of deception and becoming someone different. In Twelfth Night, disguise takes many different shapes from physical disguise to mental disguise. Disguise is one of the main topics of the play and helps to create the plot. It brings in confusion and comedy as well as the darker and sadder side of the play which is disguised as fun and happiness....   [tags: Papers] 988 words
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Critical Evaluation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Critical Evaluation of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night The play I read is called “Twelfth Night”, and was written by William Shakespeare. William Shakespeare is known for his brilliant playwriting skills, “Twelfth Night” is no exception. “Twelfth Night” was branded as a comedy when it was written in the 1600s, I am writing this essay to see if “Twelfth Night” can still be classed as a comedy in the twenty-first century, or if the humour is too old fashioned for modern tastes....   [tags: Papers] 1458 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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Cross-Dressing in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and As You Like It - Cross-Dressing in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and As You Like It In Shakespeare's plays Twelfth Night and As You Like It both of the lead female characters dress as men. Both plays are comedies and the change in gender is used as a joke, but I think it goes much deeper. A woman can become a man, but only if it is not permanent. The affect of the change cannot be too great because she must change back to female once everything is settled. They are strong female characters, but must become men to protect themselves and ultimately solve the problem of the play....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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The Theme of Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - The Theme of Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare focuses strongly on the theme of love; romantic love, friendship, brotherly and sisterly love, unrealistic love and self-love. In this essay I am going to explore these aspects and write about the different sides of love in the play, such as humour and suffering. We find that in Twelfth Night love is a very complicated thing and confusion often occurs. At the beginning of the play we find Orsino talking dramatically of his love for Olivia but actually seems to be in love with the idea of love itself....   [tags: Papers] 1003 words
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Twelve Nights Of Failure: Would Sir Andrew Succeed in 2014? - “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” (Winston Churchill). Truth be told, Sir Andrew’s equation does not consist of enduring enthusiasm. But Sir Andrew is a man who is very well acquainted with the people of Illyria and the modern readers of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as an unintelligent, craven and arrogant fool of a knight who would absolutely not find any success if he were to live in 2014. It is very clear to anyone that Sir Andrew Aguecheek was put in Twelfth Night to comically please Shakespeare’s audience....   [tags: Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, character analysis]
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Comparing the Role of Women in Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night - The Role of Women in Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night      Many critics have lambasted the female characters in Shakespeare's plays as two-dimensional and unrealistic portrayals of subservient women.  Others have asserted that the roles of women in his plays were prominent for the time and culture that he lived in.  Two works, Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night, stand out particularly well in regards to Shakespeare's use of female characters.  After examining these two plays, one will see that Shakespeare, though conforming to contemporary attitudes of women, circumvented them by creating resolute female characters with a strong sense of self.                The Taming of t...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing the Love of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and the Bible -         No emotion has such universal meaning as love. It is an integral part of the human condition. Love is the basis for by which all other emotions can be gauged. Friendship and even grief are steeped in love. Love is so central to our lives that it is fitting and proper that it should be the topic of so much discussion. Every culture and every writer has some commentary or evaluation of love. The New Testament has its share of love commentary. The entire basis of the Christian tradition is God's love for humanity....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Essay on Appearance vs Reality in Othello and Twelfth Night - Appearance versus Reality in Othello and Twelfth Night       Shakespeare cleverly uses the art of disguise, in both his tragedies and his comedies, in order to employ a literary device known as dramatic irony, where the audience members are aware of something (in this case the true identity of characters) that characters in the play are not. This, of course, creates tension in a play and excites the audience; actions take place on the stage, of which the audience knows the import, but characters on the stage do not....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Function of Disguise in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - The Function of Disguise in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare William Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night is based around disguise and deception, both mental and physical. The deception leads to a lot of misunderstanding and subsequently, a lot of humour. The tale begins in Illyria with the Duke Orsino, who is suffering due to his unrequited love for the Lady Olivia. The Lady is also suffering from the recent loss of her brother and father, and currently wants nothing to do with the equally mournful Duke....   [tags: Papers] 891 words
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The Contrasted Attitudes to Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - The Contrasted Attitudes to Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In the play, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare shows two main attitudes to love. The courtly, fairy tale love among people of high social class, for example Duke Orsino's attitude to love, and there is the 'earthy', realistic and physical love among the middle and lower class, like the love between Sir Toby and Maria. Shakespeare parallels the idealized love with earthy love, and between these are expressed the attitudes to love of Olivia, Viola and Feste....   [tags: Papers] 1828 words
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Comparing Different Versions Of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare - Comparing Different Versions Of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare I am going to compare different versions of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. There have been many cinematic and theatre adaptations of Twelfth Night through out the years, but I am going to just compare two. A performance of it I went to see at the Globe theatre in London, and the 1999 film version starring Helena Bonham Carter. The theatre version was far more authentic in its dramatisation. They performed it exactly how it might have been performed in Shakespeare's time, even performing it in a reproduction of the theatre Shakespeare used for some of his performances....   [tags: Papers] 1547 words
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Different Kinds of Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night - Different Kinds of Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Twelfth Night, in itself, portrays many hidden meanings and themes that speak out to different people, in different ways. Shakespeare makes use of the many characters, and choreographs different steps and creates relationships and the plot, and sub-plot, to make Twelfth Night complete, with its many themes. One of the central messages of this play is prominently, love. With this main theme, Shakespeare creates an interesting plot and sub-plot, to entertain, and also provoke his audience to think hard, and allow them to decide for themselves, which kind of love is one that they would choose in their...   [tags: Papers] 5625 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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