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Throughout Twelfth Night deception caused confusion between many characters, but the one character that remain in the centre of this confusion was Viola. The deception was caused because of her outward appearance

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Twelfth Night In William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, many relationships are forged or sabotaged for and by the characters, and as a result these relationships are made comical. The use of disguise causes deception and misunderstanding which leads to love where it is not meant to be. Foolery leads the characters into inescapable traps, which causes chaos with their emotions, and finally pure physical attraction and not true love lead some characters into falsely believing that they were in love. This combined with warped identities and gender misunderstandings; relationships were twisted and contorted so often that comedy was bound to result. Throughout Twelfth Night deception caused confusion between many characters, but the one character that remain in the centre of this confusion was Viola. The deception was caused because of her outward appearance. She was disguised as a man in order to get closer to Orsino. The confusion begins when Viola is sent to woo Orsino's love Olivia. She in turn falls in love with Viola's counterpart Cesario. ...read more.


When Viola claims that she has never seen him. He says "Will you deny me now?...Do not tempt my misery, Lest that it make me so unsound a man As to upbraid you with those kindness That I have done for you." Viola's disguise is so believable that a man who has spent an extended period of time with her brother mistakes her for him. Immense bewilderment and severe consequences result from this deception. The final scene, which Sir Andrew is being exploited in, is the last scene of the play. This is the scene in which Toby finally tells Andrew his true opinion of him. He offers Toby his assistance in having his wounds dressed from the fight with Sebastian, Belch responds, "Will you help? An ass-head, and a coxcomb, and a knave, a thin-faced knave, a gull!" G There may be a reason for Toby being unreasonable as he has been wounded badly and is in pain so maybe he is being impatient and irritable because of this. ...read more.


The final major result of Viola disguise is that Sebastian ends up marrying Olivia. It is of course completely ludicrous that he would agree to marry someone he has never set eyes on before yet he appears completely overwhelmed. 'This is the air, that is the glorious sun.' The first line of his speech sums up his supposed feelings for Olivia. She is of course deliriously happy saying, 'Then lead the way...and heavens so shine.' Sebastian appears to be only vaguely aware of what is taking place and even goes so far as to question his sanity. 'To any other trust but that I am mad.' This scene is very typical of Olivia's switching affections from Viola to Sebastian with seemingly no founding for the love. The fact that Sebastian has never met her before adds to the ridiculousness of the scene. Shakespeare relies heavily on the audience's suspension of disbelief in order to create a marriage of questionable morals. G Overall, Viola's disguise is used for a vast number of comic devices and is probably the singularly important device in the plot. ...read more.

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