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  • Gender Roles In Twelfth Night
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    Born on approximately April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, William Shakespeare is considered by many to have been the greatest writer the English language has ever known. His literary legacy included 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and five major poems. Among his many plays is the notable, Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy, placed in a festive atmosphere in which three couples are brought together happily. The play opens with Orsino, the Duke of Illyria, expressing his deep love for the Countes...
  • Malvolio's Love For Olivia
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    Comedic Conflict and Love in Trevor Nunns Twelfth Night Trevor Nunn's direction of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" takes away some of the confusion present in the reading of the text, which begins with the complicated love interests of the main characters. Having been the artistic director for the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company for eighteen years, Nunn is vastly familiar with adaptations of Shakespeares plays. Part of the comedy of this film develops from the first three acts of the play, ...
  • Orsino Bids Viola Approach Olivia
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    Twelfth Night, or What You Will (a Later Festive Comedy) In Illyria, the Duke of Illyria, Orsino states he is sick in love with Olivia. Valentine reports to him, however, that she will not see him any other man for seven years while she mourns the death of her father and brother (both died within the last six months). On the seacoast, Viola and her ship's captain come ashore after their ship sinks. Viola fears her twin brother Sebastian is drowned, but the captain thinks he saved himself by hold...
  • Use Of Foolery
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    In William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Or What You Will many relationships are forged or sabotaged for and by the protagonists, and as a result these relationships are made comical. The use of disguise causes deception and misunderstanding which leads to love where it is not meant to be. Foolery leads the characters into inescapable traps, which causes chaos with their emotions, and finally pure physical attraction and not true love lead some characters into falsely believing that they were in ...
  • Orsino Duke Of Illyria
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    Shannon Stewart Period 2nd 12/11/00 Book Talk Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare (1600) Main Characters: VIOLA- The sister to Sebastian, young, beautiful, and nobly born. ORSINO- Duke of Illyria, Olivia is the nominal object of his affections, but she clearly and repeatedly states that she does not love him. OLIVIA- A countess who resembles Orsino in several ways. Like the duke, she is wealthy, attractive, and nobly born. MALVOLIO- Steward to Olivia, belongs to the servant class and he firmly ...
  • Shakespeare's Use Of Disguise
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    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. At first it seems...
  • Duke's Love For Olivia
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    The Truth About Disguise Shakespeare cleverly uses the art of disguise, in both his tragedies and his comedies, in order to employ a literary device known as dramatic irony, where the audience members are aware of something (in this case the true identity of characters) that characters in the play are not. This, of course, creates tension in a play and excites the audience; actions take place on the stage, of which the audience knows the import, but characters on the stage do not. It also create...
  • Plague Of Love For Young Cesario
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    In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night it is evident that there is a fluctuation in attitude based on the character of Viola / Cesario. With Viola being Cesario she ends up better understanding both sexes and ending up having a better understanding for Orsino. At the beginning of the play when Viola is adopting her male identity, she is creating another self, like two masks. She can decide which to wear between the two emotions. She decides to take on this identity because she has more freedom in societ...
  • Olivia And Viola
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    Viola Viola is one of Shakespeare's most charming and admirable heroines, and certainly the most sympathetic of the major "serious" characters (Orsino, Olivia, and herself) in Twelfth Night. Though she's forced to disguise herself as a page, for safety's sake, she's apparently as well-born as Olivia is - the daughter of Sebastian of Messaline, a highly-placed nobleman in his own land. She's also very attractive physically - which can be inferred from the fact that even in male attire she's grace...
  • Imitation Of Ignorance The Play Twelfth Night
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    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...
  • Viola With Olivia
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    Twelfth Night: Two Faces, One Mind 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 st...
  • Maria And Sir Toby Belch Trick Malvolio
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    The Use of Deception in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Deception is a key theme 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. A ...
  • Surprising Act Viola
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    The very first thing that surprised me in Shakespeare was the fact that I came across an unfamiliar in Romeo and Juliet. This surprised me since I had read it so many times. The part that caught my eye was the fact that I never stopped to think about why Romeo kills Tybalt. It has always seemed to be that Romeo was revenging Mercutio to me, but this play I didn't notice evidence to that. It seemed more that Mercutio's big mouth was the only instigator in his death. The only inkling of animosity ...
  • Olivia's Feelings For Cesario
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    The idea of unrequited love is something that has spanned the ages. From Shakespeare's Olivia and Cesario / Viola to the modern day love affair between Buffy and Angel, love un reciprocated or even worse, forbidden, is a tragic theme that has befallen many hearts. In William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", the author sets in motion a series of relationships that seemed doomed from the very start. Shipwrecked Viola pines for Duke Orsino who longs for Olivia who completes this messy triangle by set...
  • Viola To Orsino
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    12th Night Explication I left no ring with her. What means this lady? Fortune forbid my outside have not charmed her! She made good view of me, indeed so much That sure methought her eyes had lost her tongue, For she did speak in starts distractedly. She loves me, sure! The cunning Twelfth Night Explication of her passion Invites me in this churlish messenger. None of my lord's ring? Why, he sent her none. I am the man. If it be so -as 'tis- Poor lady! She were better love a dream. Disguise, I s...
  • Viola And Sebastian Wind
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    Analysis Of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night' Essay, Research Analysis Of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night' 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 bec...

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