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The Theme of Deception in Act One of Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

- The Theme of Deception in Act One of Twelfth Night by Shakespeare The theme of deception runs very strong in Act One. Almost all the characters seem to either be deceiving someone, or being deceived themselves. Orsino is the first deceiver we meet. He is also being deceived, by himself. He is fooling himself by believing that he only has to tell a woman he loves her, and she will fall in love with him. He is in love with the idea of love itself. He is so infatuated with love, he makes parallels about love....   [tags: Papers]

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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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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]

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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]

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Character of Malvolio in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

- Character of Malvolio in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night In William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night we encounter several interesting characters. The character I found to be most interesting and most different from the others was Malvolio. Malvolio is the servant of Olivia. Although he belongs to the servant class, he believes strongly that he is better than the individuals that he serves. Malvolio often takes it upon himself to try to discipline others when Olivia is not around. For example he even takes it upon himself to discipline Sir Toby, his social superior....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Act 1 of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- Act 1 of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Act one is the first act of the play. It is very important to understand it as a basis to understand the following acts. It is divided into five scenes. Each scene has its own main theme, which is very important for the rest of the play. In scene one, although the scene is short, it tells the Elizabethan audience that the Duke of Illyria, Orsino is madly in love with a beautiful countess, Olivia. He is so madly in love that he cannot concentrate on anything....   [tags: Papers]

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Viola's Disguise in Twelfth Night

-       As in most comedies, William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night extensively uses disguises, masks and mistaken identities to add to the comical nature of the play. Viola's disguise as Orsino's page, Cesario, becomes crucial to the action in the play. Without this important element, the action in the play would slow down dramatically, making the story much less intriguing. In addition to making the play less interesting, the disguise is also necessary to develop the storyline involving Sebastian, and the confusion that his return creates....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]

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Twelfth Night Essay: Exploration of Love

- Exploration of Love in Twelfth Night       In the play "Twelfth Night," Shakespeare explores and illustrates the emotion of love with precise detail. According to "Webster's New World Dictionary," love is defined as "a strong affection or liking for someone." Throughout the play Shakespeare examines three different types of love: true love, self love and friendship.      "Twelfth Night" consists of many love triangles, however many of the characters who are tangled up in the web of love are blind to see that their emotions and feelings toward other characters are untrue....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]

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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]

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Free Essays - Use of Excessiveness in Twelfth Night

- Use of Excessiveness in Twelfth Night There are many methods to catching an audience's attention. Shakespeare for example, uses the method of excessiveness in his characters. Proof of this is shown in various forms throughout the novel, beginning with Orsino's obsessed love of Olivia. Then followed by Olivia's mourning for her long lost brother, and then her sudden change in interest. As well as thirdly, Viola's attitude of excess towards Orsino, we can see the method used for yet another time....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]

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Twelfth Night Essays: Learning About Love

-    In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, it is clearly evident that the fluctuation in attitude in the dual role, situation and tribulations imposed upon the character of Viola/Cesario gives rise to a better understanding of both sexes, and thus, allows Viola to have a better understanding for Orsino. Through the love of Orsino and Olivia, Viola learns the difficulties of love from both standpoints, man and woman's. Near the opening of the play, when Viola is adopting her male identity, she creates another self like two masks and may decide to wear one or the other while swinging between the two identities in emotion and in character....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]

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Viola as Cesario Faces The Greatest Challenges In The Play Twelfth Night

- The play twelfth night, though largely a comedy, has it's fair share of challenges and obstacles which it's characters face throughout the plot. These revolve around love, honour and the death and loss of loved ones. However one character stands out to me as having faced the most difficult and trying of challenges, yet emerged with her pride and dignity intact. She coped well with all the problems that were thrown at her with a quiet resilience far beyond her years, and is worthy of our admiration....   [tags: Character Analysis Twelfth Night Shakespeare]

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Notes on Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

- Act I "'Get you to your lord. I cannot love him. Let him send no more, Unless, perchance, you come to me again.'"-- Olivia (Shakespeare 25) Olivia shows interest in Cesario. This stirs up more dramatic irony as the audience knows that Cesario is actually Viola in disguise. Her interest in Cesario makes it more difficult for Orsino to woo her and for Viola to eventually reveal herself. What was before a simple plot of a man trying to win over the girl, is now a complex story of a love triangle. "'If it be a suit from the Count, I am sick, or not at home....   [tags: Twelfth Night Essays]

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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]

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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]

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Othello - Compared To Twelfth Night

- "She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd, and I loved her that she did pity them" (Othello, I.iii 166-167). William Shakespeare’s tragedy "Othello," is pervaded by a dominant theme, one of love. Othello, the Moor of Venice falls madly in love with a woman named Desdemona. They marry and are very happy together. Othello and Desdemona face many trials during the course of their nine-month marriage. The most notable one occurs when Barbanzio, Desdemona’s father accuses Othello of getting his daughter with witchcraft....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Twelfth Night or What You Will

- 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....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Deception Point

- Book Report-Deception Point The plot is about a new NASA satellite detecting a rare object buried deep beneath the Arctic ice. The finding, a 300 years old meteorite with fossil, is made public during the presidential elections and this is a devastating blow for Senator Sexton who has been criticising NASA for errors throughout the campaign. The president sends Rachel Sexton ,a White House intelligence analyst and daughter to senator Sexton , along with four other ordinary scientists and a team of highly ranked NASA scientists up to the Arctic to verify and confirm the authenticity of the finding....   [tags: Book Report Deception Point]

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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]

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Shakespeares Use Of Disguise In Twelfth Night

-  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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Performing a Scene from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- Performing a Scene from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night At first I was unsure of this task, I was partly excited, as I love performing but slightly hesitant as I find Shakespearean language quite boring and extremely complicated. There were five of us in a group so we searched the script for a scene where there were enough characters. In the end we had two of our members playing two parts. Another member from another group only had a few lines so she was later let in our group and performed one of the important characters....   [tags: Papers]

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Malvolio from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- Malvolio from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In twelfth night, a comedy full of mistaken identities and love triangles, a harmless trick is played on the Lady Olivia's steward Malvolio by some of the other servants and occupants of the house, to try and teach him a well deserved lesson, however the trick darkens and becomes nastier as the play progresses, so to what extent does Malvolio deserve our sympathy and does his arrogant character justify to what Sir Toby and the others did to him....   [tags: Papers]

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Different Forms of Disguise and Deception in Twelfth Night

- Different Forms of Disguise and Deception in Twelfth Night Twelfth Night is said to be Shakespeare's most complete comedy. As in most comedies, Twelfth Night celebrates different forms of disguise and deception in order to make the play more entertaining. ”There's something in it that is deceivable”(ActIV, ScIII), indeed the crux of the play is based on disguise and deception. The most significant deception would definitely be Viola’s disguise as Orsino’s page, Cesario, which makes the story remarkably intriguing....   [tags: Papers]

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The Themes of Deception and Self-Deceit in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- The Themes of Deception and Self-Deceit in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Works Cited Missing The comical play, Twelfth night, which was written by Shakespeare, is a classic example of seventeenth century humour, wit, deception and self-deceit. In the play we see how twin Viola and Sebastian are separated, and they both think that one another is dead; "My brother, he is in Elysium" (Act I i line 1) but are reunited in disguise, in a land of madness and delirium, called Illyria....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Importance of Olivia in Twelfth Night

- The Importance of Olivia in Twelfth Night Olivia, in Twelfth Night, is the character who unifies the play by her involvement in each of the three plots. Olivia is loved by Orsino, but she loves Cesario. Olivia plays a vital role in the plot to gull Malvolio, although she is unaware of it. Olivia also has an active role in the plot to dupe Sir Andrew because he is jealous of her attention towards Cesario. In conlusion Olivia is the one who inifies the play the best....   [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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Aspects of Love in Twelfth Night

- The Aspects of Love in Twelfth Night The main theme in Twelfth Night is love. It is announced at the beginning of the play ‘If music be the food of love play on’ and from this you know that love will be a main aspect in Twelfth Night. In Elizabethan time ‘love’ as we know it today was very different. You could not love anyone outside of your social status, marriages were almost always arranged on how the social status could improve the current standing of one partner i.e....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Echoes and Parallels in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- Echoes and Parallels in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night The echoes and parallels in Twelfth Night separate comedy from poignancy pertaining to different kinds of love. They reinforce and enhance the audience's appreciation of certain characters, revealing a different side. They emphasize certain themes through language and metaphor, particularly those of love, disguise, and fate. They also create anticipation and suspense for the reconciliation of Viola and Sebastien. Shakespeare links certain characters together in the play....   [tags: Papers]

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Deception in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- Deception in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In William Shakespeare's comedic play, Twelfth Night, a recurring theme is deception. The characters in the play used deception for a variety of purposes. Viola's use of deception involves her disguising herself as a man in order to obtain a job with the Duke of Illyria, Orsino. On the other hand, Maria, Olivia's servant, writes a letter to Malvolio in Olivia's handwriting to make Malvolio act foolishly because of his love for Olivia. While some use deception as a means of survival, others use deception to trick others and make them act foolishly....   [tags: William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Essays]

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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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The Consequences of Deception

- ... When she is stranded in Illyria Viola employs the use of deception in order to become Cesario in order to work for the Duke, Orsino. Conceal me what I am, and be my aid For such disguise as haply shall become The form of my intent. I’ll serve this duke. Thou shalt present me as an eunuch to him. It may be worth thy pains, for I can sing And speak to him in many sorts of music That will allow me very worth his service. 1.2.58 It could be said that the use of disguise by Viola was not done with a malicious intent, however due to her deception the complex romantic plot between Orsino, Olivia and Cesario is constructed....   [tags: Shakespeare's The Twelfth Night]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- The 12th Night of Lying Proved She couldn’t be the Man and Get a Man Being able to influence another person’s behavior in a way that benefits one’s self is emotional manipulation (Grieve and Panebianco, 2013) which was something Viola in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is familiar in, as was her counterpart in the 2006 film adaption She’s the Man directed by Andy Fickman, whether she meant to be or not. In the beginning it becomes obvious that Viola did not care about anyone else in either the play or the movie, her only priority was to benefit herself and it didn’t matter who she had to lie to (Marelich, Landquist, Painter, & Mechanic, 2008) as long as she was getting what she wanted....   [tags: Lie, Truth, Love, Deception]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- This is the first oration of “Twelfth Night,” spoken by Orsino. Because he is the first person to speak, I assume that he is going to be an important character-- possibly the protagonist. The content of his monologue is also very significant, as it is probably foreshadowing what will become an underlying message of the play. Orsino enjoys the sweet love-music and requests more and more until he cannot stand it any longer. Nothing about the music has changed, but somehow Orsino’s perception of it has become negative....   [tags: Love, Woman, Deception, Romeo and Juliet]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Introductory speeches in many Shakespeare plays can be a foreshadowing of what is to come. In William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth night,” we see a tremendous amount of monolog made by many different characters in many different acts. One monolog, in particular, gives the readers a hint or an impression of what goes on in the play itself. In the very first act in the play twelfth night, Duke Orsino’s introductory monolog uses diction, personification, and metaphor to show themes of desire and deception that are explored through the characters and the play in the larger play....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Love, Twelfth Night]

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Twelfth Night Essay: The Necessity of Cross-dressing

- The Necessity of Cross-dressing Twelfth Night        The action of Twelfth Night begins shortly after a damaging tempest shipwrecks the heroine, casting her upon foreign shores. Upon arrival in this strange seaport, Viola--like the Princess Leonide--dons male disguise which facilitates both employment and time enough to orient herself in this unfamiliar territory.   Viola's transvestism functions as emblematic of the antic nature of Illyrian society. As contemporary feminist and Shakespearean scholars are quick to point out, cross-dressing foregrounds not only the concept of role playing and thus the constructed or performative nature of gender but also the machinations of power....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Twelfth Night is often portrayed with contrasting themes, however, it is arguable that Shakespeare emphasises concealment and flawed characteristics in many of the characters, as a reoccurring theme. In order to entertainingly explore the potentially controversial, oppressing and uncomfortable ideas, such as sexuality or secrecy, Shakespeare delivers them in a comedic approach or concealed manner. In particular, Shakespeare uses trickery to take countless forms in his plays which is often through the humorous accidental encounters of The Comedy of Errors....   [tags: Twelfth Night, Love, Comedy, The Comedy of Errors]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- On the surface, Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night may seem like to the run of the mill Shakespearean comedy. It has loads of the ingredients you would typically see in a Shakespeare play; love being the be all end all, revenge, and yes, cross-dressing. Aside from dramatics, this comedy embodies the fundaments of the battle of the sexes; the age-old conflict is reminiscent to how gender roles are to this day. Man vs. Woman, or the main ingredient as it is, sets the ball rolling for the tone and the social construct of the comedy....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Love]

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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]

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Literary Analysis of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is a play with themes that parallel the folly of the festival it is named after. The main storyline of the plot plays on this a lot by mixing up the stereotypes around gender that were very present at the time. However, a sub-plot involving secondary characters defines this theme even more. It takes the idea even further by relating servants’ attempts to blur the lines between social classes. Twelfth Night’s Maria and Malvolio both have great aspirations to rise above their social class....   [tags: Twelfth Night]

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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]

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The Character of Sebastian in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night:

- The Character of Sebastian in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night:       Sebastian's presence in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: or What You Will is a vexation. More pointedly, it is his sudden marriage to Olivia which troubles me so. Was he written in to give a parallel storyline between Olivia and Viola. Was he a convenient way to have a double wedding, which Shakespeare seemed to prefer for his happy endings. Or, could there be some other meaning to Sebastian.   The last day of the Christmas season is January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, when Christ was revealed to the world in the personage of the Magi....   [tags: Twelfth Night essays]

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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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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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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- “But mine is all as hungry as the sea and can digest as much. Make no compare between that love a woman can bear me and that I owe Olivia.” (2.4.100-103). Love is like an ocean in the mind of Orsino. His love for Olivia consumes him and everything around him, or so he says. Similarly, it is easy to get lost or even drown in. Orsino creates explains his love as something that cannot be controlled and is not stable. As we see throughout “Twelfth Night” Shakespeare is poking fun at the very idea of love while at the same time respecting its power....   [tags: Love, Twelfth Night, Romance]

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Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare

- Like many of Shakespeare’s comedies, Twelfth Night revolves around the central theme of love by focusing on the interactions between characters. Two characters, Orsino and Olivia, are self-indulgent people too busy living in the melodrama of their emotions to relate to those around them. They become inconsiderate of the feelings of others. Orsino is so lovesick that he can think of nothing but Olivia while Olivia is so fixed upon grieving for her brother that nothing else matters to her. It is only when Viola, as Cesario, becomes part of their lives that they change....   [tags: Love, Twelfth Night, Andrew Aguecheek, Emotion]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Twelfth Night revolves heavily around the shipwreck plot device to split apart the siblings Viola and Sebastian, leading to the development of a bizarre love-triangle and a case of mistaken identity. Besides the rather literal importance of the sea as the driving force for the play’s plot, water appears to resonate as a recurring theme throughout many scenes; specifically, it becomes a living representation for the emotional status of various characters, and woven within the ebb and flow of the tides, qualities such as fate, grief, death (imagined or real), and reflection churn amongst the brackish waters of the play’s symbolic ocean....   [tags: Love, Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare]

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