Grief is what starts the hiding of Viola and She hides herself as another and falls in love. Finally, the hard told story of the gender confusion is explained. In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare wrote this play to prepare the audience for a jovial feel of celebration which consisted of drinking, dancing, and sense of general self-indulgence. The play expanded on the riotous disorder that is expected on the occasion of Twelfth night. Also in the play, Shakespeare showed evidence that he may be against social norms, he elevated women to equal or greater superior roles to men within the play.
I was always willing to be amused. The folly of most people is rather an object of mirth than uneasiness.” When Hastings finally declares his love for Miss Neville to her uncle, Mr Hardcastle, Mrs Hardcastle can’t take such romantic talk: “MRS HARDCASTLE: Pshaw, pshaw, this is all but the whining end of a modern novel,” modern novels were of course written in sentimental style. She is complaining about this, even though this is one of the only cases of sentimental comedy creeping into the play. This new style of play was very different to the old style, so once people got used to it they began to enjoy the more funny and light-hearted parts. These days we are used to it, but it would have been a much more boring play if there was sentimental comedy involved.
The play, Twelfth Night, is undoubtedly a phenomenal romance comedy, mocking courtship, love, and gender roles. Although many readers feel that Shakespeare is a feminist based on his bold move to break gender roles throughout his play. However, it can also be debated that he switched roles in the Twelfth Night. By using cross-dressing antics, interactions with characters, and the language of the characters on his main character, Viola, Shakespeare conforms to gender stereotypes and
Romeo and Juliet is a sixteenth-century play written by William Shakespeare. Amongst the most renowned of Shakespeare's plays, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy that focuses on the fated relationship of two star-crossed lovers. The play focuses on themes of love and hate, mostly concerning the feud between the two opposing families, the Montagues and the Capulets. This play came at a time when such social events like courting were not just accepted, but expected. Witchcraft and fate were also strongly believed to be real which makes aspects of the play seem somewhat surreal to a modern day audience.
Viola used to have high status in society, but she looses everything in the shipwreck, which is talked about at the beginning of the play and also disguises as a fashionable man. This suggests that you can change your class like your gender identity by dressing up for a social class different than their own. For modern audiences, it's easy to forget about issues of "class" in Shakespeare's famously gender-bending play. Yet, crossing gender boundaries is not the only kind of social transgression at work in Twelfth Night. The play is very much concerned with social ambition, especially as it relates to marrying above or below one's "estate" (rank).
Twelfth Night or What You Will With Twelfth Night, Shakespeare provides us with an extravagantly farfetched and thoroughly entertaining romantic comedy. He goes to all extremes to make this play unpredictable and unconventional, while staying within the boundaries of earlier romantic comedy enough to make this his most exaggerated, supreme romantic comedy. In an age where popularity for romantic comedy had already greatly dwindled, Shakespeare did everything possible to make Twelfth Night his grand finale of this particular genre of festive, lighthearted comedies. He implements many new ideas in this play with his use of altered gender roles, untraditional relationships, and marriages involving unusual circumstances. At the same time, he stays within the traditional formula for romantic comedy that he used in his earlier works.
The play appeals to the groundlings who can laugh at the ridiculous nature of upper class love; and it appeals to the gentry who can laugh at the misinterpretation of the Mechanicals in trying to produce a praiseworthy play. Thus Shakespeare demonstrates that people of different status may well have different opinions about love. The four groups within the play each have their own sub-plot. In the Court we witness the preparations for the marriage of Theseus and Hippolyta. With the Lovers we see Hermia and Lysander in love but unable to marry, Demetrius infatuated with Hermia and Helena besotted with Demetrius... ... middle of paper ... ... his plays stimulating and applicable to their life styles.
In what ways is ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ an appropriate title for the play? In the play, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, characters contribute greatly to the development of the storyline. As one of the main characters Katherina’s shrewish behaviour adds the comical aspect at the beginning of the play and by the end has been diminished with the help of Petruchio’s taming techniques. Shakespeare uses the difference in personality between Petruchio and Katherina to create a sense of tension, but also comedy. When Petruchio learns of the wealth he would receive if he were to marry Katherina he is excited by the prospect of a challenge.
Although she assumes the role of the obedient wife, inwardly she still retains her assertiveness. The play begins with an induction in which a drunkard, Christopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king and has a play performed for him. The play he watches is what constitutes the main body of The Taming Of The Shrew. In it, a wealthy landowner, Baptista Minola, attempts to have his two daughters married. One is very shrewish, Katherine, while the other is the beautiful and gentle Bianca.
The way in which Shakespeare’s stagecraft is used, for the character Capulet, is very interesting. As in the beginning of the play, Shakespeare wanted to make Juliet marry Paris. Capulet had the sort of personality that would care and feels strong about his daughter. Also that he would help someone or give him or her advice. But later on in the play his personality changes, and he becomes really violent when Juliet says that she has married Romeo.