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Twelfth night - Describe the character of Viola in Act 3 Scene 1, by what she does, says and what other people think about her.

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Introduction

Twelfth Night I am writing about a play called the Twelfth Night. A famous play writer called William Shakespeare who lived from 1564-1616 wrote this play. There was a group of Christians called the puritans who were against entertainment and they tried to close down the Globe theatre. This is shown in the play as Shakespeare makes fun of a puritan who is Malvolio. In this period of time, women were not as free as men. Women did not have the same power as men at this time so they were the weaker out of the two; they needed protection from men. Also, women at this time weren't supposed to work. This was particularly in the case of rich women who could be kidnapped for money, raped and even killed. This is shown in a big part of the play. In this essay, I am going to describe the character of Viola in Act 3 Scene 1, by what she does, says and what other people think about her. Et vous aussi; votre serviteur This is French for "And you too: at your service". This indicates to us that Viola is a very well educated lady, as she knows some French, which at this time, was very rare especially for women. ...read more.

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On her way, she meets Olivia's fool, Feste. They talk and Feste gets to know Viola a bit and he says something about her. At first, Feste doesn't care about Viola and he says: In my conscience, sir, I do not care for you. This signifies that Feste is starting to dislike Viola when he says that he doesn't care about her. This shows us that Viola is not always liked and respected by others. However, this has changed later on as he gets to know her better, we get a better impression of Viola. Feste says: In his next commodity of hair, send thee a beard! This is a good and positive thing to say, meaning that let your masculinity grow as a beard and so as he gets to know Viola better, he starts to like her. This is because Viola gave Feste a coin showing that Viola has love and is generous to others. Another way that you can describe Viola by the things that other people say or think about her is from how Sir Andrew Aguecheek thinks and says about her. He talks in French to her to try to impress her showing that he likes her immediately. Another person is Sir Toby who you can tell Viola's character by the things she says. ...read more.

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This pun is used to make the play more interesting and also Viola is mocking Sir Toby. Another term used is dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows more than the characters. There are two incidents in this scene where dramatic irony occurs. The first incident was with Feste and Viola. This is when he thinks that Viola is a man but we, the audience know that Viola is really a lady. A quote to show this is when Viola says aside: Though I would not have it grow on my chin. Is thy lady within? Viola says this, as she knows that Feste thinks she is a man and she says even if I grew a beard, I would not grow it on my chin but I will always be a lady inside. Another example of dramatic irony is when Viola is talking to Olivia. Viola says to Olivia: I am not what I am Olivia doesn't really understand Viola as we, the audience do, which shows dramatic irony. Rhyme is also used to make the play more interesting. Olivia starts to use rhyme when she speaks about Viola. She says: I love thee so that maugre all thy pride, Not wit nor reason can my passion hide. By Peter Nghiem Twelfth Night English Coursework - 1 - Ms. Mavroska ...read more.

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