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Analysis of Malvolio in the Twelfth Night by Shakespeare

- The character of Malvolio is treated too cruelly for Twelfth Night to be classed as a comedy. Malvolio is constantly humiliated and has some of the major elements of a tragic character. The revenge served to him is extremist and is not an equal reaction to his behavior. Malvolio's puritan nature and extreme unwillingness to be social with his peers upsets certain characters more than others. Sir Toby and Maria show carelessness for his person as he has a strict adherence to rules, contrasting with their blatant disregard for rules and discipline this is conveyed through the line “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?” Sir Toby mocks Malvolio's pur...   [tags: play, revenge, behavior, irony]

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Sexuality in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

- In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, the young Viola, having once lost her brother in a shipwreck, realizes that dressing up as a boy herself is the best way to continue living and thriving and looking for him. This play shows how much respect Shakespeare had for women more than ever, as Viola can do anything that a man can do. In addition to that, the serving-woman Maria proves herself perfectly capable of tricking Malvolio, enough so to make everyone in town to think he has gone completely mad. Both of these women are headstrong and sure of themselves and just itching to prove to the men in the play that none of them can think of themselves as better than the women....   [tags: Viola, LGBT, women]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Defying the Norms One of the most controversial topics all over the world includes gender roles and expectations in the society. This has been argued even before the Renaissance and is still being discussed in temporary time. Many people have questioned society’s expectation of men and women, including William Shakespeare. He has written many plays, but the one that defies society the most is Twelfth Night. In this play, one of the main characters, Olivia, is viewed as a strong and independent woman....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Woman, Transgender]

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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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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- In the play Twelfth Night Viola’s disguise is a prime example of Feste’s line in the play “nothing that/ is so is so” (4.1.6-7). Everything is not as it seems, this is shown through Viola’s disguise as “Cesario” which causes issues of mistaken identities throughout the play. Viola’s disguise becomes a problem for the Duke, Orsino because he actually trusts her, and believes that she is truly a man. Another character who is affected by Viola’s disguise is Malvolio. Malvolio is used as the messenger of love between Olivia and Cesario....   [tags: Viola, literary analysis]

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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

- Doesn't everyone want someone to love, someone to care for you as much as you care for him or her. Someone who will keep you company in lonely times or who will act as if your brains are tuned into the same wavelength. Share an inseparable bond and grow old with. Love is a very powerful emotion and can be misused because it is thrown around too casually, and be swept up in it very quickly like Viola is with Orsino when she says,” Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions and spirit, Do give thee five-fold blazon: not too fast:
soft, soft!
Unless the master were the man....   [tags: story, character and literary analysis]

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Death in the Twelfth Sonnet by William Shakespeare

- In a modern age with modern medicine, the young don’t often think of death. That prospect is years away and nothing to worry about for most. As a result, the young seldom think, and rarely, if ever, write about death. It becomes quickly apparent then, that William Shakespeare lived in a different era. Many of his earliest sonnets address and contemplate death, but why. Shakespeare lived in Elizabethan England at a time where the bubonic plague was still leaving its mark. A time where it was not common for people to live past what we consider middle age (Alchin)....   [tags: death, life, youth]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night has many cases of mistaken identity. The characters use their hidden identity to find truth and declare love. In Twelfth Night the main characters of Violas gender identity reveal a nature of sexual identity. Violas constructing identity, manipulation and power will be used to fool several characters. As a result, both Olivia and Orsino will be seduced by a visual perception of Cesario who in reality is Viola through the ability of crossdressing. Even though this situation can cause many problems the author uses gender identity to imply that distinctions between male/female are not as absolutely firm as the viewer might think....   [tags: Gender, Gender identity, Love, Heteronormativity]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare is considered to be one of his greatest romantic comedies, and has been praised for his cunning and witty use of disguised identity. Taking place in a land known as Illyria, the romantic comedy centers around the protagonist, Viola, who disguises herself as a male for her safety after a shipwreck, in which she assumes her brother has died. While working in the house of Duke the Orsino under the name Caesario, she falls in love with him, and also wishes to win the affections of the Duke, who is desperately in love with the Countess Olivia....   [tags: Love, Emotion, Romance, Unrequited love]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Love hides all faults. It is spoken of as making people blind to the truth that it staring them right in the face and this common in many plays. Twelfth Night is no short of that statement. With more than two love triangles and marriage or engagement of two couples it seats many different ideas in perspective of what is really “Love” and its effects. Desperation, determined and pushy make light of the true terms of the love triangles between that of Viola, Duck Orsino and Countess Oliva. Each wanted to have their way and when approached by other they would be a different hunter and prey....   [tags: Gender, Man, Gender role, Love]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Love is an essential human desire. Once it is caught, dramatic, unexpected changes in ones life occur. Protecting the people one loves is a natural instinct that cannot be controlled. William Shakespeare demonstrates this in Twelfth Night through the relationship between Antonio and Sebastian. Furthermore, Viola continues to ensure the happiness of Orsino is met even if that means sacrificing the happiness of herself. Also, love is evident when one pays attention to, and dedicates himself to the small details in other peoples lives....   [tags: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Romance]

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Festivity in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

- The perfect lives that make up the routine of the Illyrian citizens portrays a society in which enjoyment, and personal gain are held in utmost priority. Shakespeares mocks the passivity of the Illyrian lifestyle to explain to the audience that excess of such festivity has negative side effects such as ego and lack of true love. He expresses that the pursuit of expression and truth in itself invokes enjoyment. Sir Aguecheek mirrors the uncertainty of a person through lack of self-confidence and the desire to openly reveal his true self when lamenting “Is it a world to hide virtues in?” (1.3.131)....   [tags: historic, character and story analysis]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Love affection Recently, I’ve been reading an intriguing play, Twelfth Night, which was written by William Shakespeare. What interests me most is the fact that there are a lot of love interests and people are always influenced facing different love situations. Duke Orsino is greatly attracted to a gentlewoman called Olivia. However, despite his attempts to court her, she rejects his approaches as she claims to be in a period of mourning for her dead brother which has been going on for seven years....   [tags: Love, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- In Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night the great bard uses humor and mistaken identity not only to poke fun at romantic stories of “perfect love” and the foolish behavior of the aristocrats, but also to reveal man’s anxieties surrounding courtship, gender performance, and love as a whole. The portion of the play I have chosen to analyze are lines 188-256 in Act 5 scene one when Sebastian enters the stage and discovers Viola alive. The siblings give information about themselves to determine each other’s identity before Viola finally reveals herself to be female, allowing the farce to come to an end and the characters to return to their normal roles....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Gender identity, Transgender]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- Lady, you are the cruel’st she alive If you will lead these graces to your grave And leave the world no copy. (1.5.222-224) Viola’s remark to Olivia accentuates the concept of doubling in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, in which it is used in many ways, including in plot lines, motifs and characters. This essay will examine the ways in which these elements are intricately intertwined and similar to one another and the implications of them in the play. Viola and Sebastian are the most obvious pair in the play, being twins, and so indistinguishable from each other that when Sebastian crosses paths with Olivia for the first time, she mistakes him for Cesario/Viola and marries him....   [tags: Gender, Gender identity, Gender role, Transgender]

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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

- In Twelfth Night the reader learns a lot through mistaken identity and the effects it has on human behavior and Relationships. We can best see this impact on the characters Olivia, Orsino, Viola, and Antonio. What the reader learns is that mistaken identity can cause Suffrage, and conflict through confusion. These effects end up showing the ultimate theme in the story in which love ultimately ends up causing suffrage. In the play the reader knows that the hidden character viola who plays Orsino causes a lot of mischief and suffrage in the play....   [tags: Love, Interpersonal relationship, Romance, Thou]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- 1. A. Shakespeare is known for writing in blank verse. While similar to iambic pentameter, blank verse does not rhyme. Shakespeare’s style of writing still puts emphasis on certain syllables like iambic pentameter does, but sounds more natural because the verses do not all rhyme. B. In the play Twelfth Night Shakespeare places an emphasis on identity that raises questions about homosexuality. Since homosexuality was not widely socially acceptable during Shakespearian times, it is extremely interesting that Shakespeare chose to make such a statement regarding sexuality....   [tags: Sociology, Gender, Social class, Tartuffe]

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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

- “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them” William Shakespeare wrote this quote in his play Twelfth Night, and it is an accurate description of how I feel about writing. Some people are born being great writers; some work hard to achieve their goal of becoming a great writer; others have great writers as mentors who help them become great writers themselves. I fall under the last category. Writing did not come easy for me, but through the help of my English teacher in high school, writing become not only easier for me but also a hobby that I enjoyed....   [tags: Writing, High school, Essay, Writer]

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The Role of Malvolio in Twelfth Night

- The Role of Malvolio in Twelfth Night The main storyline in Twelfth Night is love between Cesario, Orsino, Olivia and later on in the play Sebastian. Malvolio’s part in the play is a backdrop situation separate from the main story. He brings a level of both humour and sympathy to the play. Malvolio is one of the main sources of humour in Twelfth Night. In the later part of the play a different side of him is exposed. Malvolio is Olivia’s steward and his job is to manage Olivia’s house; he is her chief servant....   [tags: Papers]

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Twelfth Night 's Inspiration And Consequenting Inspiration

- Twelfth Night’s Inspiration and Consequenting Inspiration Stranded on the island of Illyria, Shakespeare’s Viola puts her hope in a plan to become the boy Cesario. Viola “Conceal me what I am, and be my aid For such disguise as haply shall become The form of my intent.” (Shakespeare Act I, scene ii, line 53) Disguise, masquerade, opposite of intention; in many ways, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is the authority on concealment. At the turn of the 16th century, the distinguished comedy depicts twins Viola and Sebastian lost at sea....   [tags: Literature, Fiction, Romeo and Juliet, Novel]

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As You Like It and Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

- Shakespearean subtext has been of interest for centuries, to professional scholars and English students and Shakespeare fanatics alike. To most, the subtext is just as important as the writing itself, and this is understandable. Two plays in particular—As You Like It and Twelfth Night—rely significantly on subtext. The audience’s interpretation is based entirely on what is shown to them, including the subtext, and this is on both the playwright’s and the actors’ parts: how it is written, and how it is played....   [tags: phoebe, sebastia, viola]

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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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Othello - Compared To Twelfth Night

- &quot;She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd, and I loved her that she did pity them&quot; (Othello, I.iii 166-167). William Shakespeare’s tragedy &quot;Othello,&quot; 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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Compare and Contrast of Mosquito Coast and Twelfth Night

- The novel Mosquito Coast and the play Twelfth Night both contain similar and dissimilar aspects to them. In both these works there are characters who through deception and trickery, are later enlightened to the truth. Themes of actuality and truth become quite apparent in these works. Though completely different written pieces (Twelfth Night with its comedic enlightenment, and Mosquito Coast with its serious "growing up" style enlightenment) are both comprised of the latter truth element where an inevitable realization of reality is reached in the end....   [tags: enlightenment, trickery, reality, truth]

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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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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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The Bittersweet Comedy of Twelfth Night

- The Bittersweet Comedy of Twelfth Night Twelfth night is a name commonly given to the Christian feast of the Epiphany which is celebrated on the 6th of January. On this day we remember the coming of the Magi and the taking down of decorations which is a sad occasion for many but also a happy occasion as new times are beginning. Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy, and romantic love is the play’s main focus. Despite the fact that the play offers a happy ending, in which the various lovers find one another and achieve wedded bliss, Shakespeare shows that love can cause pain....   [tags: Papers]

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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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William Shakespeare 's ' Twelfth Night ' And ' Romeo And Juliet '

- In the play ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ William Shakespeare explores three different aspects of love. According to the oxford dictionary the definition of love is a strong feeling of affection. The plays that William Shakespeare has written definitely adhere to this definition. These three aspects of love are true love, self love and friendship love. Many characters in these plays are tangled in a web of love and they are oblivious that they 're feeling and emotions towards other characters are not real....   [tags: Love, Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare]

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare: The Jocular Struggle in Life

- Shakespeare, known for his observations of humanity, creates the Twelfth Night story-line based on love. Regardless of whether love is blind or foolish, it gives humanity a purpose to live for. Akin to a wrapped up present eager to be opened, love is the cryptic feeling that motivates young doters to experience this emotion. However, this infatuation eludes the characters in Twelfth Night from seeing what dolts they have become due to this feeling. While the characters struggle through their quest to find love, the audience becomes aware of the foolishness and comedic nature of human struggles....   [tags: morality, mistress love, viola]

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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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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]

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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 Drive Of Love : William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

- The Drive of Love In Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, love, fancy, and wonder drives the characters world to change. If the presence of love, fancy, or wonder wasn 't there, no one would do anything. There would never be the resolution in Act 5, Scene 1. In comedy, the play starts in chaos and then progressively changes into a resolution, humorously coming to the end result. The moment of resolution is when the disguise of Viola/Cesario is lifted. When Viola’s true identity is shown, everything suddenly makes sense to the other characters....   [tags: Sociology, Gender, Heteronormativity, Mores]

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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]

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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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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, 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]

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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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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

- The Elizabethan Era is considered to be golden age in English poetry, music, and literature. William Shakespeare uses the theater as a place to display the latest styles in clothing, poetry and music. Clothing plays an important part in Shakespeare’s plays. Clothing helped the audience understand the character and components of clothing are mentioned literally and metaphorically in several of his plays, often used as a plot device, and used in appearance versus reality. Queen Elizabeth I did not change the fashion right away; she waited until she had been queen for a while....   [tags: elizabethan era, fashion, english poetry]

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Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night : If Music Be The Food Of Love

- Shakespeare wrote in The Twelfth night: “If music be the food of love, play on.” Music, at it’s core, was always about emotion- Joy, sorrow, Elation, Dispair- However, in the classical era of music, music was reliant on the voice; The Voice was considered the only instrument effective enough to convey emotion; One line, one staff in whatever shape it took- An individual voice, and an individual tone. Linear, in it’s shape- These were the forms the music crafted by Mozart and Haydn were born from- However, with Beethoven, he does not see a melody as a line, no, he saw music as a storm of emotion; Like a storm, it leaned into itself, folding and swirling....   [tags: Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart]

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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]

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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night Love

- What is love. In William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night love is nothing more than another disguise. It is an illusion that fools everyone. Orsino, Olivia, Sebastian, and Viola do any of them find love in the end. No, they find nothing more than a disguise, an illusion of love. By analyzing each of these characters, their thoughts and feelings of, and their experiences with love throughout this play, we can determine that in the end, none of them have found true, genuine love. Before we can analyze the characters in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night we must have a working definition of love....   [tags: Love, Romance, Interpersonal relationship, Lust]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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 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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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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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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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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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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