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Describe the different forms of disguise and deception that feature in the Twelfth Night

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AS and A Level Twelfth Night

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Describe the different forms of disguise and deception that feature in the Twelfth Night.

Disguise and deception play significant roles in Shakespeare's romantic comedy Twelfth Night. Shakespeare places emphasis on these somewhat "wickedness" (A2 S2 L26) traits to somehow create a traditional romantic comedy; where despite the negative ideas of disguise and deceit play a prominent role, love blossoms and a happy ending prevails. The tireless use of these ideas in different forms and guises, which endure throughout the whole play highlights the themes of love, madness and appearance versus reality; where disguise and deceit both take credit for possessing a major responsibility in providing twists, turns and humor in the main and sub-plots.

Orsino is the first character introduced to the play. He is the Duke of Illyria and therefore the most powerful character implemented into Shakespeare's play. Upon his arrival to the story, he immediately disguises his ignorance of love by speaking in poetics form to deceive the audience and the characters around him. "If music be the food of love, play on" (A1 S1 L1) is promptly contrasted in line 7 "Enough, no more; 'Tis not so sweet as it was before". This

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