Twelfth Night Comedy Analysis

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Shakespearean plays are renown for their combination of comedy and drama that both engage the audience as well as entertains. The mood of The Twelfth Night sways between drama and comedy, like most of Shakespeare’s plays, which alter between the two realms of theatre to produce depth, and in this case, deception. Feste’s final song gives the impression of a darker mood that dampens the celebrations of love between the play’s characters in 5.1, in which he questions the meaning of love and if it even exists. The song itself is not meant to dampen the mood as the prompt suggests, but instead, serves as segway into a broader message. Feste’s song, and the events leading up to it, are all planned and intended techniques used by Shakespeare to present his message to his audience.
The Twelfth Night seems to comply with the typical definition of a “happy ending,” where the status-quo of true love is met when Viola and Duke Orsino find love in each other. However, the question arises as to which Viola the Duke Orsino has truly fallen in love with? Up until this ending scene, 5.1, Orsino confesses his love for Viola, who at the time is disguised as his male comrade, Cesario. Hearing this, Viola reveals to Orsino that she is in actuality a woman and loves him in
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This diversion could be done on purpose to relay a message to his audience, which is finally addressed in Feste’s song. The song represents the passage of time despite the pitfalls and successes of life, which is exactly how Shakespeare chooses to end The Twelfth Night play; without question or commentary. Life does not wait for the approval of an audience and neither does a play, in Shakespeare’s supposed opinion. Feste’s song comments that there may be no use in trying to stop what comes, just as you cannot stop “the raineth every day” from coming and going as it pleases
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