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Discuss how Shakespeare presents the theme of Disguise in

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Introduction

Ysmael Cruz In act 3 scene 1, Viola says "I am not what I am" Discuss how Shakespeare presents the 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. William Shakespeare was very versatile when writing a performance simply because of the levels of writing he had created. Reading through the play and then reviewing it is very much differently than focusing on what all the words and acting are saying. The play makes one think about in what term is there a real meaning behind the whole thing. It is said that the philosophy on human nature is that we ought to be ourselves and not copy. ...read more.

Middle

This is the set for something, something which gives the play that twist in the middle of it. Cesario's continued attempts to get Olivia to fall in love with Orsino, ends up in Olivia falling in love with Cesario, who as we know is actually a man which makes this a odd situation which is funny to see Cesario manages to escape from Olivia yet she can not keep her hands off Cesario. In act 3 scene 1 Viola says "I am not what I am" Viola in the play is recognised physically as a man as she dresses up to make a living in a "Mans" world where the majority of the male sex get an easier role in life as jobs for them are easy to acquire. A woman was supported by her man so the saying said, but Viola had no family or man to help support her. Accepting this role is only the first step as it's just the appearance that changes which is the most obvious. ...read more.

Conclusion

This leads to him making a complete fool of himself in front of Olivia this makes people think he's mad and eventually sent elsewhere. Act 4 scene 2 we see Feste, whose disguise is well thought. We know he is the jester to Olivia, we find hum intriguing because of the way he is able to manipulate people. In this scene he takes on a role of a difference, meaning more physical. He is brought into the plan of mocking Malvolio who is in the dark house, he does this for Maria and Sir Toby's enjoyment. "Feste: Sir Topas the curate, who comes to visit Malvolio the lunatic." Malvolio being as dumb as he looks believes that this is Sir Topas yet it is actually Feste disguised as him. He plays along with Malvolio pretending to be on his side and Malvolio is open to him yet Feste/Sir Topas ends with "Nay, I'll ne'er believe a madman till I see his brains." This means he will never speak to Malvolio again until he is dead and then he will believe he is not mad. So in Twelfth Night the Theme of Disguise is taught through the philosophy of human nature. ...read more.

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