Analysis of Twelfth Night

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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. The place they had landed, Illyria, was governed by a man named “Orsino” – an unmarried man who is in love with a lady named “Olivia”. Viola wanted to serve Olivia as a page but the captain said this would not be possible because she was very untrustworthy of people since she also lost her brother. Viola’s next idea was to serve the duke, Orsino, instead. But, to do this, she would have to dress and be as a man. She was known as Cesario. Orsino, impressed as he was by such a young handsome “boy”, hired Ceserio as a page. He spent a lot of time with Viola and told her about his love for Olivia. Over time, Orsino and Viola became very close… and Viola falls in love with Orsino. After trying for a very long time to gain the heart of Olivia, he sends Cesario to woe her. But, since Viola is in love with Orsino herself, she doesn’t exactly try her hardest to make Olivia fall for Orsino! However, even after her weak efforts, Olivia does fall in love… with Viola (who she, of course, thinks is Cesario!) So, Viola goes back to Orsino, unsuccessful. But Orsino, having none of it, sent Viola back to Olivia to try once again. This time, Olivia lets Viola into her house, but Viola does not manage to win the heart of Olivia for her master. Olivia tells Viola that Orsino is not to send any more
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