• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Examine the Levels of Deception in The Twelfth Night

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Examine the Levels of Deception in The Twelfth Night Twelfth Night" is a play based on deceptions, both purposeful and accidental, which I think, Shakespeare uses to convey his ideas of certain aspects of human nature, that he does not particularly like, by presenting it in this humorous lattice of confusion and chaos. The social messages in Twelfth Night are largely about, the need for a balance in life, that you should not judge on appearance as they can be deceptive. Shakespeare makes it clear that deception, when used for entertainment, can be very destructive but also very amusing for the spectators. ...read more.

Middle

I think that by placing the heroine in this situation Shakespeare is using Viola as a means for examining female capabilities and instincts. The shipwreck has left her in an unprecedented, indeterminate state: she has no one to connect with at all. Lacking anyone to provide for her, she is forced to take measures to protect herself so that the understood reason for her deception is to insure herself against immediate danger but also to retain her prospects and status for the kind of future that she would like to have. ...read more.

Conclusion

Night is at some point under an illusion: Orsino that he is in love with Olivia; Olivia that she is married to the memory of her late brother; Viola that her brother is dead; Sebastian that Viola has perished; Malvolio that Olivia is in love with him; Sir Andrew that Olivia is in love with him; Antonio that Viola-Cesario is Sebastian; Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Maria and Feste that Sebastian is Viola-Cesario, and so on. These illusions succeed not because they are skilfully and convincingly maintained, but because the people who apprehend them are all too easily taken in by fictions. Not only are people deceived by outward appearances, but also, and much more significantly, they are often self deceived. Shimlu Miah ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Twelfth Night section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Twelfth Night essays

  1. Cruelty in "Twelfth Night" - an examination of Shakespeare's comedy's darker side.

    If Viola and her brother had not been shipwrecked and separated they would most probably be in the same position as Olivia is in Illyria but in their home country. At the beginning of the Trevor Nunn film production there are two or more scenes added.

  2. How does Shakespeare explore the theme of deception and self-deception in Twelfth Night?

    This is a self-deception by itself that Orsino creates for himself. Olivia, as part of her mourning vowed that no man would see her face "till seven years' heat". But regardless of this, falls in love with Cesario, which shows that her resolution is short-lived and the audience is left

  1. What part does deception of one kind or another play in Twelfth Night?

    If Malvolio was not so deceived, he would not have this belief of superiority, nor would his holding of this belief be exploited. He would find the letter's message unbelievable and escape the suffering caused by his original trust in its words.

  2. Twelfth night - would you agree with Viola that the use of disguise and ...

    Viola's love for Orsino is not the only problem emanated from her fa´┐Żade, as it also causes a woman to fall in love with her. Olivia is immediately struck by Cesario's effeminate way of thinking and she says that Cesario "do give thee five-fold blazon".

  1. Twelfth Night - Feste's self.

    The listener can read into this as Orsino being the lover and Olivia being the 'maid', making sense as the lover is 'slain'. The words that are used mirror what Orsino has already said, such as 'My part...share it' hold similar meaning to that in 'If music be the food of love...'.

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

    in love, Feste believes that the future is always uncertain "What's to come is still unsure" (A2 S3 L50). He also concretes his perspective that love should not wait as we will not be young forever; "Youth's a stuff will not endure" (A2 S3 L53).

  1. Cruelty in "Twelfth Night"

    be an intelligent man whom is gullible but is bullied quite significantly by Toby and Maria. Moving on to Act III, scene ii, Sir Andrew resolves to abandon his quest for Olivia's heart and ride home the next day as he thinks all hope is lost to win it.

  2. Twelfth Night

    o, it came o'er my ear, like the sweet sound... enough, no more, tis not so sweet now as it was before" The metaphor " if music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it: that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken, and so die", is explaining that the music will keep his love for Olivia alive.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work