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Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy concerning the loves and adventures of two pairs of lovers, Sebastian and Olivia and Orsino and Viola. All of the protagonists are members of the...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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Dramatic irony occurs when the audience is aware of a significant fact that the characters in the play are not. The most obvious example of this type of irony in the play is the mistaken...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2011, 9:29 am (UTC)

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The most important qualities Viola and Olivia share in Twelfth Night are, first, their profound grief and, second, their opennness to folly and improvisation. Both women have lost their fathers,...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2019, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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In Twelfth Night, Shakespeare portrays love as something wild and passionate, something that takes people almost out of their senses and makes them do things they normally would not do, something...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2021, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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While one can never be completely sure why Shakespeare titled his plays as he did, it can be assumed that Twelfth Night refers to the Eve of Epiphany. This was a holiday celebrated twelve days...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2020, 5:46 pm (UTC)

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As the title Twelfth Night suggests, the play was written for an Epiphany celebration held at one of the Inns of Court in 1602. Epiphany is celebrated as the moment when the Magi, or three wise...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2013, 6:30 am (UTC)

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As with all great plays, Twelfth Night has a number of morals that one can discern. Arguably the most significant of these is the importance of staying true to oneself. And yet, on the face of it,...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 2:23 pm (UTC)

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Before you can answer this, you must know what the term "dramatic techniques" encompasses. Dramatic techniques are tools the playwright uses to create theatrical, dramatic effects in a theater...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2013, 4:43 am (UTC)

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Antonio looks after Sebastian. He really cares about Sebastian, and wants to protect him. This is why he stays in Illyria even though his legal history is such that he really should not be seen...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2016, 8:16 pm (UTC)

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Feste, Olivia's fool or clown, sings the "Carpe diem" song. Despite being a "fool," Feste, like King Lear's fool, is a sharp observer of those around him who, as a witness to the main action,...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016, 10:12 pm (UTC)

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A literary device is any technique an author uses to relay the intended message or the intended image. There are many different kinds of literary devices to become familiar with, including...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2013, 5:01 am (UTC)

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The Duke has been telling Viola, who loves him but is keeping her love a secret, how women don't know anything about what it is to love, unlike men. Viola's response has been to tell him about a...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2007, 1:17 pm (UTC)

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Maria and Sir Toby Belch of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, introduce the audience to the lower class characters of Illyria, and as such their language is more bawdy that that of Orsino and Olivia....

Latest answer posted August 25, 2010, 2:43 am (UTC)

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As a romantic comedy, Twelfth Night is about love, and it certainly teaches the audience some lessons about love. While love in this play love is true, but it is also fickle, irrational, and...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2010, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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In Act 2 Scene 3, many of the characters in Twelfth Night are discussing matters jovially and joking around with the Clown. Sir Andrew, enticing the Clown to sing a song, instructs him to sing a...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019, 4:39 pm (UTC)

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In Maria's contemptuous speech in act I, scene 3 about Sir Andrew, she uses alliteration and irony. Alliteration occurs when the same consonant appears at the beginning of words that are in close...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2020, 10:48 pm (UTC)

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DUKE ORSINO If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. (I.i) Some background and a couple of definitions will...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013, 11:52 am (UTC)

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Society was dominated by men and the only position available in the Duke's household was that of a manservant to the Duke. A woman certainly could not have held that position so she was required to...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2007, 7:31 am (UTC)

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According to the Ancient Greeks, there are eight types of love: Erotic Love ("Eros"), Affectionate Love ("Philia"), Familiar Love ("Storge"), Playful Love ("Ludus"), Obsessive Love ("Mania"),...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2017, 2:36 am (UTC)

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The literary devices that William Shakespeare employs in act 1, scene 4 of Twelfth Night include blank verse and rhyme. The scene is written in blank verse, or unrhymed iambic pentameter, and ends...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020, 6:37 am (UTC)

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Olivia is taken with "Cesario," who is really Viola, after their first encounter. Cesario's only goal is to convey Orsino's affections to Olivia, but Olivia ends up falling in love with Cesario...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 12:15 pm (UTC)

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You have asked a very perceptive question. Obviously, the fact that Shakespeare decided to give this play a subtitle makes us ask what relevance the subtitle has to the play at large and causes us...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2010, 7:11 am (UTC)

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Maria is a stock character, that is to say a readily identifiable stereotyped character that crops up time and again in plays. Her particular stock character is that of the wily, clever servant who...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2019, 9:31 am (UTC)

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'By my life!' is an exclamation of surprise, something like the modern 'Oh my God!' - and Malvolio is surprised because he has recognised what he believes to be his lady's 'hand' (which means...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2008, 6:48 am (UTC)

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Duke Orsino is a true romantic. He is in love with the idea of love and craves the excitement and stimulation of emotion. Even though he gets carried away with his feelings, he also understands...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019, 7:16 am (UTC)

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Act 1, scene 2 of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night takes place on the seacoast of Illyria, which is located in the northwestern part of the Balkan Peninsula on the eastern shore of the Adriatic...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020, 7:20 pm (UTC)

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This action occurs in act 2, scenes 3 and 5. The meaning of “MOAI” is one of the hotly debated subjects in Shakespearean scholarship. There are three aspects to your question. One is, why would...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018, 7:54 pm (UTC)

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In the main plot, Duke Orsino uses the shipwrecked Viola, who is disguised as a man named Cesario, to help him woo the Countess Olivia. However, comic mayhem follows as Olivia instead falls in love...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2017, 10:48 am (UTC)

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The setting of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is the fictional country of Illyria, which corresponds with the coast of present-day Albania, located on the Balkan Peninsula, across the Adriatic...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 2:42 pm (UTC)

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Viola is shipwrecked in Illyria and separated from her twin brother, Sebastian. However, from the words of the ship's captain, she has reason to hope her brother might still be alive and not...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2017, 11:55 am (UTC)

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Shakespeare scholars believe that Twelfth Night, or What You Will was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I as part of the Twelfth Night celebration held at Whitehall Palace on January 6, 1602. The...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020, 5:26 pm (UTC)

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Maria dislikes Malvolio for his pompous attitude. Because of his supervisor-level status as Olivia's steward, he bosses the other servants around and believes he is better than them. He also acts...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020, 11:29 am (UTC)

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The first song that the fool sings is to Sir Toby. The lyrics begin by addressing his “mistress mine,” which is Olivia, to ask where she is “roaming.” At this point in the play, Olivia is searching...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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In a soliloquy, a long speech made by a character who is alone on stage, there is a revelation of the inner thoughts and feelings of this character to the audience only. In Act II, Scene 2, for...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2013, 9:26 am (UTC)

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Shakespeare is the king of double entendre, and Twelfth Night does not disappoint. The Bard employs double entendre (words that have several meanings, with one usually being sexual or profane) a...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2019, 12:43 am (UTC)

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Twelfth Night is a mistaken-identity comedy by William Shakespeare. The character of Malvolio is an upstanding citizen with illusions of chivalry and grandeur. After he scolds a group of revelers...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2012, 4:46 am (UTC)

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Many different relationships can be found in Twelfth Night. Some of those relationships include friendships and false friendships, and there is even an antagonizer-victim relationship that gets...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2013, 11:57 pm (UTC)

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Differences between Twelfth Night and She's the Man include the setting, the reason for Viola's deception, and the impersonation of Viola's twin, Sebastian. Similarities include Viola's...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2017, 12:46 pm (UTC)

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In William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Viola firmly believes that love is inconstant and irrational, and she sees clear evidence for this in the behavior of Orsino and Olivia. Viola believes,...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019, 3:30 pm (UTC)

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In Act 1, Scene 2, Viola sees herself in what the Captain describes of Olivia: A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count That died some twelvemonth since; then leaving her In the protection of his...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2009, 9:13 am (UTC)

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It's debatable what scene is the most "famous" in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; various audience members might have different preferences on this matter. Some people are more partial to the more...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 8:41 pm (UTC)

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Dramatic irony occurs when audiences know what characters in a book or play do not. In act I, we as an audience know that the "male" "Cesario" is actually Viola, a woman, something that everyone in...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2021, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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In this play of "erotic lunacy," as Harold Bloom dubs Twefth Nigh/What You Will, the passage, from Act II, Scene 2, is a soliloquy by Viola/Cesario. As the central character who is the only one...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2011, 7:18 am (UTC)

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Hi- We are not an essay writing service, but I can give you some direction. Olivia refuses the Duke's proposal because she is has unwittingly fallen in love with Cesario, who is really Viola in...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2007, 1:27 am (UTC)

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Valentine tells Orsino in Act 1, Scene 1 that Olivia is uninterested in Orsino's romantic feelings for her, and that she doesn’t even bother to read the letters he sends expressing his devotion to...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2018, 12:53 am (UTC)

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While it's hard to find precise hints, it can be surmised from certain lines that the entirety of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night takes place over the course of three months. In act 5, scene 1, Antonio...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2019, 11:29 pm (UTC)

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A pun is a play on words in which you use two words that sound alike but have different meanings. Many puns can be found all throughout Twelfth Night. Both Sir Toby and Feste especially make use of...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2013, 4:15 am (UTC)

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In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night the two main protagonists are Sebastian and Viola. They are fraternal twins, but apparently they look enough alike that Viola, thinking Sebastian is dead, and being a...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2013, 2:11 am (UTC)

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The humour in this scene comes through the role and action of Sir Toby in fooling both Viola and Sir Andrew into thinking that the other is a virtuoso with a sword and therefore having a great deal...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2013, 6:32 am (UTC)

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The ring is a symbol of Olivia's infatuation with "Cesario," whom she does not know is really a woman, Viola, in disguise. Viola is initially a bit oblivious to Olivia's obvious affections, but...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019, 12:52 pm (UTC)

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