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"Twelfth Night" review

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Shakespeare?s twelfth night is inevitably marked with deep social insight. The differences in power, the paltry of gender and social identity are all equally put into question in this seemingly light hearted comedy. The start of the play introduces us to the motive of our main character, Olivia and casts light unto the main problem that has to be resolved through the course of this play; the separation of twin brother and sister, who if not for their infallible discriminator ?sex? would just as easily be put in each other?s shoes without triggering any significant event to throw the balance of our characters into confusion. Indeed from the get-go the fact that Viola?s ?gender-switch? and Sebastian?s ?character-switch? did not shock anyone out of their sealed matrimonial bliss or the attainment of such a prospect seems rather foolhardy to miss and in considering the Bard?s infamous dramatic puppetry, they are such issues as we have to get to the bottom of, scraping a glimpse, if not an epiphany that would resurrect the act?s glamour from it?s ancient casket. ...read more.


manly attire and takes such a worthy title in hand or in name? The fact is, she turned man to suit a position she could not fill as a woman. Early on, we can thus put our hands on which of the twins was the reliable one in this sibling relationship. Not to be hard on Sebastian, the reason for his inaversion to Viola?s advances towards him might just be his need for someone to replace what he has lost in his sister. More so, he doesn?t protest to Olivia even when he finds out she was bearing feelings for his sister; doesn?t shrink from a quarrel even when it rams him face-on. A man: through and through? But when talking about Olivia, it is difficult to sympathize with what she has been through. She bore feeling for a poorer man and rejected Duke for all he was just to conform to the society?s value of male dominance over women. ...read more.


Only he gets proofed himself: when confronted with the possibility that his loyal messenger was doing dibs behind his back with one Olivia, he issues the order of execution as per the noble must stake themselves. All is well, though. Sebastian arrives. The conflict is resolved. Everything seems to make sense again. And Duke is inevitably forced by the situation that he invoked; or that which invoked itself unto him, to marry Viola. Indeed the characters in this play are balanced by their relationships. The first and foremost cause was to gain stability while obliging the rules of higher society, which the playwright so successfully threads. The only thing that seemed to spark a glint of intelligence to the characters? identity was the presence of one Fool, who is the only reason this whole play didn?t mentally incapacitate the audience. Nevertheless, the play culminates with the return of reason (logic); though the governing dynamics are still the same threaded by higher powers, to an understanding of which I hope to bring the reader of my essay. ...read more.

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