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In what way does act 1 scene 5 of Twelfth Night prepare the audience for events that happen in the rest of the play?

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Twelfth Night Shakespeare's Course work Year 10 In what way does act 1 scene 5 of Twelfth Night prepare the audience for events that happen in the rest of the play? "Twelfth Night" is the play we have been studying in class, written by William Shakespeare. It is named "Twelfth Night" because twelve days after Christmas up to twelfth night on 6th January, was a time of celebrations and festivities, often known as the "feast of fools", where all kinds of foolishness, trickery and sham were allowed. The play is set in an enchanted dreamland called Illyria. A fictitious world, full of magical possibilities and romantic comedy, where anything can possibly happen. Illyria is also a secure place, for example brother finds sister, lovers will marry and time itself will resolve any tangling difficult situations, because sometimes Illyria is also an unreliable world of disguise and mistaken identity. "I swear I am not what I seem" is Viola speaking, disguised as Cesario. The name Illyria also helps with the reinforcement of the fictions and exotic picture of the dreamland, something that was important because everyday life could be tough in those days. ...read more.


The dramatic irony here is that all the characters are fooled into believing that Cesario is a truthful decent young man, and what's more terrible is that Olivia is deceived into falling in love with Cesario by his impressing speech and charming appearance although the audience are completely of Olivia great affections for Cesario but are aware that Cesario's real identity is a woman. Violas disguise creates suspense and comedy at the same time her disguise affects her life miserably, because she cannot reveal her love to the Duke Orsino, and has unintentionally misled Olivia into falling in love with her, stating "Poor lady, she were better love a dream" She prays, "O time, thou must untangle this" because it is now out of her control. Later on in the play William Shakespeare introduces the character Sebastian, Viola's lost twin brother, to resolve the confusing love triangle between Orsino, Olivia and Viola. Sebastian's first appearance in the play had a negative affect on Sir Toby and Sir Andrew, because they mistook him for Viola and challenge him to a duel " You are well fleshed. Come on" but resulted injured by Sebastian as Sir Andrew reports to Lady Olivia "H'as broke my head across, and has given Sir Toby a bloody coxcomb". ...read more.


The part of the play I enjoyed the most was the special reunion of the twins. Sebastian had no idea that Viola was still alive, so the disbelief at seeing her again, and dressed to look like him, was touching, "an apple cleft in two," describes their close resemblance. There is great emotion on both sides of this happy reunion. Finally the theme of mistaken identity is resolved, with everyone having been revealed as his or her true self. Also for the first time in this play the name "Viola" is correctly used, and she gets rid of her Cesario disguise, so is finally able to openly reveal on her love for Orsino when she reassures that she still loves Orsino very much when she states "All those swearings I swear I will overswear". She is now able to express and act on her love for Orsino as she no longer appears like a man, but as a woman who respects and loves him. I believe that the effect of the play on the Elizabethan people was to make them realise that you couldn't choose whom to fall in love for the sake of other matters and the other message he would have been trying to sent out to people is not to take life to seriously, but to have fun and enjoy it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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