What Views Of Love Are Exploited By Shakespeare In Twelfth Night
What Views Of Love Are Exploited By Shakespeare In Twelfth Night Introduction Twelfth Night is a play about misrule where people's roles are turned upside down for a day. In this play there is confusion and misunderstanding and trickery. These are the ingredients for a good comedy. In this essay I will be discussing what views of love there are and how Shakespeare exploits these views. I will also be discussing the effects of these views and how they are portrayed in this play. In this play Viola and her twin brother Sebastian are separated in a storm, which washes them both up at different points on the shores of Illyria. Believing each other to be dead, both attempt to survive by using their wits. Viola cross-dresses and enters the service of the lovesick Orsino, in love with Olivia, an heiress in mourning for the loss of her brother. Orsino's saucy young page Cesario (Viola) soon falls in love with his master. Unfortunately, whilst Viola falls in love with Orsino, Olivia falls in love with her alter ego, Cesario, whilst also being pursued at the same time by her pompous servant Malvolio. Olivia's house is also turned upside down by the antics of her drunken uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and the whole crazy situation reaches boiling point when Sebastian reappears. Orsino's Love Orsino is very romantic and poetic in his love. Orsino only dreams of love and never acts with
In-depth Commentary on Act 1 Scene 1 In Act1 Scene1, Count Orsino of Illyria is introduced
English Coursework. Explain how Shakespeare gains and holds the attention of the audience in Act 1of the Twelfth Night. Introduction Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a play about love and feelings. It is placed in a festive atmosphere in which 3 couples are brought together happily. The play starts with the Duke of Illyria - Orsino, expressing his deep love for the Countess Olivia. Meanwhile, the shipwrecked twin Viola fears her brother is dead and decides to disguise herself as a man and enters the Duke's service as a messenger. The Duke then employs Viola, who takes the name of Caesario. Her job is to woo Olivia for him. Ironically, Caesario falls in love with the Duke, and Olivia falls in love with Caesario, who is really Viola disguised. In the midst of this love triangle are the tense situations and confusions among the characters. As always, like in every romantic comedy everyone ends up happy in the end, well almost everyone! The first act sets the scene because it shows us what has been going on in past between the characters. It also shows us the characters feelings towards each other. The first act is the base of the play because it shows us all the problems that the characters have. It introduces new characters and the roles that all the characters have. The Twelfth Night is Shakespeare's only play that has a double title. I think he gave it a double title
Twelfth Night Review
TWELFTH NIGHT REVIEW Trevor Nunn's Twelfth Night is a performance of a Shakespearean comedy about twin siblings, Viola (Imogen Stubbs) and Sebastian (Steven Mackintosh), which are aboard a ship that is wrecked off the coast of the country of Illyria. Although both escape the disaster, they are separated, and each believes the other to be dead. Viola decides to disguise herself as a man under the name of Cesario, in order to protect herself, and goes to work as a servant in Count Orsino's (Toby Stephens) court. Orsino is madly in love with a young countess, Olivia (Helena Bonham Carter), who constantly refuses his love. Orsino sends Viola to woo Olivia in his name but Olivia immediately falls for Viola/Cesario, while, at the same time, Viola realizes that she is in love with Orsino. There is also a sub-plot, where Olivia's drunken uncle, Sir Toby Belch (Mel Smith); her maid, Maria (Imelda Staunton); Sir Toby's stupid -but rich- friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Richard E. Grant); and Olivia's clown, Feste (Ben Kingsley), play a trick on Olivia's bad-tempered steward, Malvolio (Nigel Hawthorne). This performance of Twelfth Night follows quite closely the actual play, although it includes as its opening scene the scene of the shipwreck, which is talked about in the actual play but never presented. Even though Twelfth Night is a comedy, in this film
How does Shakespeare explore aspects of love, gender and identity in Twelfth Night?
How does Shakespeare explore aspects of love, gender and identity in Twelfth Night? Edward Worboys 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. Olivia's love is revealed when she sends her servant Malvolio to return a ring which Viola never gave to her. She says, "Run after that same peevish messenger, The County's man. He left this ring behind him... I do I know not what, and fear to find Mine
Twelfth Night is full of echoes and parallels. Consider how these contribute to the overall effect of the play.
English Literature Max Chambers L6-1 Twelfth Night is full of echoes and parallels. Consider how these contribute to the overall effect of the play. The echoes and parallels in Twelfth Night separate comedy from poignancy pertaining to different kinds of love. They reinforce and enhance the audience's appreciation of certain characters, revealing a different side. They emphasize certain themes through language and metaphor, particularly those of love, disguise, and fate. They also create anticipation and suspense for the reconciliation of Viola and Sebastien. Shakespeare links certain characters together in the play. The twins, Viola and Sebastien, both make for the same place in Illyria. Obviously, their situations are similar as they were both involved in the same shipwreck. Both believe that their twin is dead and this is ironic for the audience, but more importantly, it creates anticipation and suspense as the audience await a reconciliation, which is likely to be comic, given that the pair are identical twins and Viola is disguised as a man. Shakespeare links Orsino and Olivia together, as both are self-absorbed and proud. This is recognised in both characters by Viola. Both Orsino and Olivia describe love in terms of visual qualities. For Orsino, the sentiment is instantaneous, "when mine
The Dramatic Importance of Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2 referring to other parts of the play wherever appropriate ('Twelfth Night')
The Dramatic Importance of Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2 referring to other parts of the play wherever appropriate The title 'Twelfth Night' seems to suggest that Shakespeare, who wrote the play around 1602, wanted it to be performed on the twelfth day after Christmas; the festival of the Epiphany. This day formally marked the end of the Christmas season, which at the time was celebrated as a special festival. In addition to eating, drinking and generally over indulging, the performance of plays was a common feature on this day. He may have written this romantic comedy whilst keeping this festive spirit in mind. The title therefore may have had some bearing on the actual plot or characters. The secondary title 'What You Will', suggests that the play has something of interest for everyone and it also reflects the theme of excess. This title is appropriate, as this theme is apparent in some of the characters, particularly in terms of their longings and desires. 'Twelfth Night' was the last of Shakespeare's 'mature comedies', the other two being 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'As you like it'. Like most of Shakespeare's other plays, this play does not have an original plot. It has many elements that were common to Elizabethan romantic comedy, including the devices of mistaken identity, separated twins and cross-dressing disguises. The plot revolves around overcoming obstacles to true
Examine the role and function of Feste within the play. What is your opinion of him?
Examine the role and function of Feste within the play. What is your opinion of him? In Elizabethan times the Twelfth Night was a time of holiday and festivals and it was sometimes known as the feast of fools. Slapstick comedy, satire and romance along with disguise and frivolity were all ingredients, which would have been the order of the day. Feste the fool represents the festive spirit of the play, and he makes an important contribution to the action. Fools were employed by noble families, Feste is employed by the Countess Olivia. His role in Olivia's household is to provide music, witty comment to engage in verbal repartee and to participate in slapstick comedy. Additionally in the play he also provides wisdom and sardonic comment on what is going on. Feste is quite unique as he moves around all levels of society in Ilyria, being equally welcome above and below stairs. Feste's foolery is everywhere as he moves between the households of Olivia and the Duke Orsino. This makes Feste a significant character and very much his own man. Feste is the professional fool of the play rather than being a 'real' fool such as Sir Andrew or Malvolio. He observes, " Foolery sir, does walk about the orb like the sun, it shines everywhere" What he is observing here is that he is surrounded by people who are fools. In many ways Feste seems to be the wisest person in the play. Feste
In what way do the Shakespearian characters in Twelfth Night use the issues of disguise and deception?
In what way do the Shakespearian characters in Twelfth Night use the issues of disguise and deception? Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night effectively uses the issues of disguise and deception particularly through the character of Viola. The play is more or less based around this character and although many of the other characters also use disguise and/or deception, it is not to the same extent. However when Viola says "I'm not what I play" Act1 Sc5. this also true of the other characters in the play. The issue of disguise and deception causes some tension in the audience and even between the characters themselves. For example when disguises seem to slip, Shakespeare cleverly gets a gasping reaction from the audience. Also Viola's use of disguise and deception sets up a sort o chain or connection with the other characters and when her true identity is revealed so the other character' part in disguise and deception is also revealed. At the end there is a great exposure. Shakespeare uses the technique of the main plot about Viola search of he brother and several sub plot involving other minor characters which makes the play very clever and has the effect of a modern day soap programme. In Act 1 Sc2 she first uses a disguise and becomes a boy named Cesario. She does this in order to become a eunuch in the court of the Orsino, ruler of this unknown land for the purpose of finding
'Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents the theme of love throughout the Twelfth Night'.
'Explore the ways in which Shakespeare presents the theme of love throughout the Twelfth Night' 'Twelfth Night' is one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. While there are many aspects to the play, they all revolve around the theme of love. The idea of love appears throughout and helps create an atmosphere of mystery and confusion. The dramatic irony directly links to the main theme and is entertaining to the audience. The play features a love triangle between the three main characters, this triangle evolves and the relationships grow. This also adds to the entertainment value and exhibits Shakespeare's stagecraft. The play opens with Count Orsino's over zealous approach to love; 'If music be the food of love, play on' This dramatic link between love and music highlights passion and infatuation. Orsino's version of love is very powerful and he compares it to the power of music. Shakespeare uses a character that makes these exaggerated comparisons and uses hyperbole in order to underline his assumptions about love and how easily it can be confused with other emotions. Orsino appears very moody in the opening scene and this characteristic features throughout. His mood is volatile and changes frequently; 'Stealing and giving odour. Enough; no more' This fickleness shows Orsino's inconsistency and it is used to mirror the "insanity" often associated with love. Orsino
Discuss the different types of love presented in Twelfth Night
Discuss the different types of love presented in the play. True love is sincere based on actions and sacrificial services to make the other happy. It is always quiet and in disguise. Its based on inner qualities and driven by reason, principles of trust and commitment. True love is centered on pleasing the other and is more permanent; growing stronger as time passes. Infatuation on the other hand, is insincere and driven by emotions. It's superficial; based on just words and displays of affection. Infatuation is also self-centered; based on external appearances. It expects the other to meet your needs. Moreover, it's temporary. It's just a phase that one goes through. William Shakespeare shows us these two types of love outlining the entire play. However, there are more than just these types of love being presented in the play. There is also friendship and self-love, which are two other kinds of love, which is presented in the play. Sir Andrew and Malvolio show self-love in the play. Friendship is also another kind of love that is being presented in the play by Orsino and 'Caesario'. Almost every type of love is being expressed in this play. Sibling relationships, genuine love, self-love leading to complete blind love. The characters also seem to go to extremes to get want they want which is the love that they desire. From this we can sometimes even associate love with their