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How Does Shakespeare Use Comedy In Twelfth Night? Make Detailed References To At Least One Scene

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Stephen Nutbeam How Does Shakespeare Use Comedy In Twelfth Night? Make Detailed References To At Least One Scene Twelfth Night is a delightful romantic comedy incorporating many elements of farce. It looks at imaginary events taking place at the end of the Christmas period when people have let go of there everyday cares and have time to do so, as the play is subtitled, what you will. In Elizabethan times, festivals held at this time of year turned the usual order upside down. There is evidence of a everyday reversal of everyday order taking place in the court of Misrule held in one of the Inns of Court of London each year about twelve days after Christmas when a Lord of Misrule took the place of the lawlords and churchmen who normally presided over the court. This reversal of the usual order is reflected in the interests of the behaviour of the characters in Twelfth Night. Viola, Orsino and Olivia are embroiled in a romantic triangle of unrequited love, misunderstanding is heaped upon misunderstanding, and those with a taste for the low life indulge themselves in revelry, mischief and playfulness. Malvolio, the Puritan, pays the price for his serious attitude to life and becomes a scapegoat for the revellers. The play is a witty and light-hearted musical and the key musician is Feste the clown. ...read more.


Dost thou live by thy tabor? FESTE - No, sir, I live by the church. VIOLA - Art thou a churchman? FESTE- no such matter, sir: I do live by the church; for I do live at my house, and my house does stand by the church. VIOLA- So thou mayst say the king lies by the beggar, if a beggar dwell near him; or the church stands by thou tabor, if thy tabor stand by the church. FESTE- You have said, sir, to see this age! A sentence is but a cheveril glove to a good wit: how quickly the wrong side my be turned outward. VIOLA- Nay, that's certain; they that dally nicely with words may quickly name them watton. FESTE- I would, therefore, my sister had no name, sir. VIOLA- Why, man? FESTE- why, sir, her name's a word, and to dally with that word might make my sister watton. But indeed, words are very rascals since bonds disgraced them. This is a continuos play on word, which is very confusing the first time it is read. I had to go over it a few times before I understood what Shakespeare meant. VIOLA- Save thee, friend, and thy music. Dost thou live by thy tabor? This line means save you and your music. Do u live by the drum? ...read more.


In this last scene the couples pair off and that's the end of the play. The couples pair off because Shakespeare's comedies always end in love and never in death or some form of tragedy. Twelfth Night is set out with two plots the main plot and the sub plot. These are set up as follows: Main Plot Sub Plot These are the two plots. The main plot is the serious one with the sub plot being comical. The way that the play is set up it jumps from plot to plot from scene to scene. The way they are linked is by Viola who is found in both plots throughout the play, there is one scene where Feste is performing in Orsino's court which also joins the two plots together. Shakespeare has used this technique to keep the audience interested in the play, and to keep them on fall watch because they had to think to find out what was going on. This was also good use of writing because people like to go out and watch a comedy, even though they are they get a serious plot at the same time. To conclude this essay Shakespeare's Twelfth Night was a brilliant comedy and paved the way through for all modern day comedy. Personally I never found the play at all funny but I believe this is because I am into a more adult and sexual comedy and this didn't suit my tastes. ...read more.

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