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How Successful Is Shakespeare In Making The Opening Of Twelfth Night Interesting And Entertaining For The Audience?

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How Successful Is Shakespeare In Making The Opening Of Twelfth Night Interesting And Entertaining For The Audience? Shakespeare uses various devices and character portrayals to successfully make the opening of Twelfth Night entertaining and interesting for the audience. In this essay I am going to analyse Twelfth Night and find out how Shakespeare achieves this. Shakespeare starts the play with a speech from Orsino. This speech is very important and interesting for many reasons. Firstly, it introduces the Duke. The audience would get the impression that he was a wealthy man from many clues, such as his language. He would use longer, and more complicated words, occasionally speak in poetry, rhyme and uses metaphors. Evidence of this are words such as 'fantastical', 'sweet sound', and a example of rhyme is 'Enough, no more; 'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.' This would show the audience that he was, one of the main characters, wealthy, and educated. Another suggestion that the Duke is wealthy is that Curio suggests that they go hunting, to try and take the Duke's mind of Olivia, hunting was only available to rich people, because to hunt you needed to own your own land to hunt on. ...read more.

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Shakespeare included the captain in this scene because he knows all about Illyria and informs Viola and the audience of her surroundings, without someone there to inform her of this information, the scene wouldn't have worked! This scene I would say is more informative than anything else, also Olivia is mentioned again, making the audience more interested to find out whom she is. When Viola learns of Olivia, she finds out their situations are similar as they have both lost their brothers, Viola can empathise with this, and this creates a bond between them, from Viola's point of view at least. Viola's sympathy counts in her later relations with Olivia, with Viola being especially sensitive and caring toward Olivia. At the beginning of the scene, Viola is confused and fearing for her brother's safety, "And what should I do in Illyria? My brother he is in Elysium..." another quote that shows more fear for her brother is "O my poor brother..." But Viola bears her optimistic and mild nature, even though she fears that she has lost her brother forever, she hopes that he is still alive, and tries her best not to give in to her grief. She manages to form a plan to survive, with the Captains help. ...read more.

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Some language in this scene, simply doesn't make sense, to add to the humour "Why let her except, before excepted", in this quote Sir Toby is just rambling on about nothing, as he is drunk. Twelfth Night as a theme introduces itself in this scene; Twelfth Night was on the sixth of January and was associated with having fun, drinking, singing songs, and playing practical jokes on people, etc. When the audience in Shakespeare's day saw this as a title of a play, they would know instantly that the play would be a comedy. This is shown throughout the whole play, but really introduces itself for the first time in scene 3, after what I would call the 'introduction' scenes had finished. I think the order of the scene's are fine how they are because it keeps the audience's attention more, by giving them pieces of information gradually, and then after two scenes of not much action and comedy, he brings in the scene with Maria, Sir Toby and Sir Andrew, which keeps the audience continually entertained and interested about what is happening on stage. I would say that Shakespeare is very successful in making the opening of the play interesting and entertaining for the audience, he uses a lot of clever devices and portrays the characters very well and makes them all easy for the audience past and present to relate to. ...read more.

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