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

How does Shakespeare manipulate and vary the mood throughout Act 2 Scene 3 of Twelfth Night?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Amy Van Schalkwyk English: Essay How does Shakespeare manipulate and vary the mood throughout Act 2 Scene 3? In the opening to this scene Shakespeare creates a comic atmosphere by the use of jovial characters; Sir Toby and Sir Andrew. They are carousing in a drunken, noisy celebration and are shortly joined by Feste. However the merry atmosphere is cut short by the introduction of Feste?s song. The song, despite the fact that it is a love song seems to allude to death with the reference to the lover?s journeys end. This could be Shakespeare?s way of reminding the audience that love will not last for ever, creating a rather dismal mood. ...read more.


It also alludes to Viola as her beauty will too start to fade and she will no longer appeal to the Duke but he will never know that she is a woman unless she removes her disguise. Shakespeare returns the scene to its comical nature with entrance of Malvolio. He is traditionally wearing night attire and as an audience we struggle to take his authority seriously while he looks so ridiculous. Yet the comical moment is cut short with Malvolio?s reminder to Sir Toby that he can be thrown out of the household if he will not separate himself from his misdemeanours. Sir Toby continues to sing of how he can never change his ways and so therefore must leave, however when probed by Feste that he is too cowardly to stand up to Malvolio social ranks are resumed. ...read more.


We are left feeling unsettled as to what the will be the outcome of her physic. Nevertheless Maria reminds the audience that Malvolio is a cheat and fraud who is self-obsessed and we feel less unsettled and more willing for them to follow through with their plan. Ultimately in the scene Shakespeare has varied the mood greatly. Despite the fact that it is a comedy in this scene a serious note runs throughout. It is also important to note that this scene runs in a cycle as we start with Sir Andrew and Sir Toby wanting to get drunk and the ending of the scene also finishes with them wanting to get drunk suggesting that the play may run as a cycle too. He uses songs to hint to the audience of events to come and also address the fact that time is running out. ...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.

    that Viola does not have the same relationship with him and she marries Orsino anyway. Antonio is also treated cruelly in Act III, scene iv when he mistakes Cesario for Sebastian and draws his sword on her behalf, he asks Viola for money after being arrested and she does not

  2. How does Shakespeare present the theme of love in Act 1, Scene 5 and ...

    In these lines Viola really comes back to her real role as a woman. This part also creates dramatic irony as the audience don't know that she is in love with Orsino. Shakespeare presents a woman's view on love in a highly poetic way which really accentuates their meaning and the message he is trying to get across.

  1. Examine the ways in which Shakespeare uses structure and language to dramatise the comparisons ...

    The audience is aware that both twins are alive, yet, there is still anticipation present from the audience to discover whether the truth that Viola is female will finally be known to the characters of the play. Also, Olivia has married Sebastian, which the audience also know, however, Olivia is

  2. Does Malvolio deserve his fate?

    His change in personality is evident when he speaks to the real Feste as an equal, 'live to be thankful.' Malvolio's honesty and devotion to his faith highlights the other characters worse flaws than merely being pompous. Maria's actions and words show her to be shallow and malicious, 'make him believe thou art Sir Topas.'

  1. Discuss the dramatic significance of Feste in TwelfthNight.

    saying 'I understand you sir', showing him that she is just as clever. Viola seems to be the only character that recognises Feste's true intelligence: "This fellow is wise enough to play the fool...quite taint their wit". Exhibiting Viola's awareness of Feste's ability to read people in order to say the right thing at the right time.

  2. Discuss the ways in which Shakespeare explores the theme of love throughout 'Twelfth Night'.

    This is typical of Orsino's character of amplifying his emotions. Olivia also represents slightly exaggerated, passionate and sentimental emotions. Her fixation on the death of her brother suggests similar personality to Orsino. The length of time of mourning is unrealistic, and she is simply exaggerating the period of time required to mourn.

  1. The Dramatic Importance of Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2 referring to other parts ...

    This enhances the dramatic importance of this scene as it allows the audience to realise that Orsino may not be in love but likes the idea of being in love, as he appears to be disappointed by Olivia's rejections, yet at the same time a strong impression is given that he is enjoying himself.

  2. Explain how Shakespeare gains and holds the attention of the audience in Act 1of ...

    This shows us that Orsino is a courageous character who shows his feelings openly. Right from the beginning of the play Orsino describes his love for Olivia and this makes the audience want more because they want to know what happens with their relationship.

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