Though the background and atmosphere of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" are romantic, they are built on solid rock of realism. Explain.
The Oxford Companion to English Literature notes Sir P. Harvey’s influential definition of ‘realism’: “a loosely used term meaning truth to the observed facts of life”. It is normally accepted that realism is a term which is opposed to romance. In Twelfth Night, though characters are involved in romantic activities, they are also concerned about the “observed facts of life”: Viola has to disguise as Casario for her security in an unknown surrounding, the love-sick Orsino realistically transfers his love from Olivia to Viola and, finally, Feste offers his comments about the other characters of the play from a realistic perspective. Thus, in Twelfth Night there is an excellent blend of romance and realism – the characters are romantic, but they live in the real locale of Illyria.