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A common theme in literature is not to judge a book by its cover. Analyze how Twelfth Night uses this theme. Give two examples to support the analysis.

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In William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the issue of taking someone at face value, or "judging a book by its cover," is a pivotal one. The characters assume disguises and false names, pursuing their own needs and desires under the guise of serving someone else. This leads to an ironic and humorous love triangle, which causes the characters much grief before its resolution. Of course, there is only resolution when the characters' true identities are revealed.

The first disguise of the play, and the most important one, is that of Viola . She is a young woman who has been shipwrecked and disguises...

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