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Discuss the dramatic irony in Twelfth Night. Provide at least two examples.

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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Explain the function of music in Twelfth Night.

Though we seldom seem to think about it, history tells us that many of the productions of Shakespeare's plays included music. Most of the music itself has been lost, but, in fact, song lyrics are a...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2011 8:57 am UTC

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What literary devices can be found in Act 1, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

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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What does "If music be the food of love, play on; / Give me excess of it, that surfeiting, / The appetite may sicken,...

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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What are the similarities and differences in Viola's and Olivia's circumstances in Shakespeare's 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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What is the significance of the final song Feste sings in Act 5, Scene 1 in Twelfth Night, and what does Shakespeare...

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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Describe the relationship between Sebastian and Antonio in Twelfth Night.

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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Compare and contrast the characters of Viola and Olivia in Twelfth Night.

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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What is the significance of Shakespeare's title Twelfth Night, and how did the title come into use?

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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What are the plot and subplot in the Twelfth night and how are they interlinked?

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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What is the moral of Twelfth Night?

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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What is the meaning of William Shakespeare's poem "Carpe Diem" from Twelfth Night?  

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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Why does Viola decide to cut her hair and dress like a man?

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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What dramatic techniques does Shakespeare use in Twelfth Night?

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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How does Shakespeare unfold the love triangle in Twelfth Night?

Typically as one of Shakespeare's comedies, this play involves mistaken identities, cross-dressing, disguises and people falling in love with people they shouldn't fall in love with. Thus it is...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2010 9:36 am UTC

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In "Twelfth Night", Viola dresses up as Cesario. Why is this?

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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Please explain the pun(s) used by Maria while having a conversation with Sir Toby about Sir Andrew. and by Sir Toby...

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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"Like a worm i' the bud, feed on her damask cheek. She pined in thought, And with a green and yellow melancholy."...

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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In Twelfth Night, why does Viola want to serve Orsino?  

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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What are some literary devices used in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, act 1, scenes 3–4?

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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What is the significance of the title of Twelfth Night and its alternative title, What You Will?

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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Why does Duke Orsino use Cesario (Viola) to woo Olivia in Twelfth Night? 

Something is flawed in Orsino's approach to romance, and fixing that is the work of the comic action. In the opening scene, we learn that Orsino has been sending his serving men to deliver messages...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2018 3:02 pm UTC

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What are the main points that might make Twelfth Night a festive comedy?

'Festive comedy' was sub-genre which a critic called Barber established with her book 'Shakespeare's Festive Comedy'. It argues that the spirit of the festival (meaning simply a public or religious...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2008 7:17 am UTC

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What is Duke Orsino's concept of love in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

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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What are differences and similarities between Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and the movie She's The Man?

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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What is an example of a pun in Twelfth Night in Act II, scenes ii or iii?

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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Why did Shakespeare title his play Twelfth Night?

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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Why might Olivia be more likely to fall in love with Viola disguised as Cesario than with Orsino in Shakespeare's...

The main thing which attracts Olivia to "Cesario" is Cesario's forthrightness. As Cesario, Viola is plain when speaking with Olivia and is not too timid to critique her behavior regarding love....

Latest answer posted August 9, 2019 4:33 pm UTC

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Can "Twelfth Night" be considered a festive comedy?

Yes, Twelfth Night is a festive holiday play—its title, in fact, refers to the twelfth night of the Christmas season, the day before Epiphany, which celebrates when the Magi brought gifts to the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2019 7:46 pm UTC

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What is an example of a soliloquy from the play Twelfth Night?

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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In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, why did Antonio follow Sebastian even when Sebastian couldn't pay him to be his guide?

Antonio rescues Sebastian from the stormy sea and feels responsible for him. Not only that, the two men form a strong friendship as Sebastian regains his strength under Antonio's watch. Even though...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2013 8:10 pm UTC

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Which excerpt from act 1 of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night informs the audience that Olivia has gone into a self-imposed...

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night begins in act 1, scene 1 with Orsino, the Duke of Ilyria, declaring his love for Olivia, a wealthy countess, despite having only once caught sight of her. When one of...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019 9:38 am UTC

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What does Malvolio mean when he says, "By my life, this is my lady's hand these be her very C's, her U's and her T's...

'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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What is the role that music and songs have in the play Twelfth Night?

The thread on this question offers solid answers of how the songs in Twelfth Night contribute to the complex mood of the play. This play begins with melancholy and death—including the presumed...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 1:38 pm UTC

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What satire can be found in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

Twelfth Night is predominantly a satire of the ideas of love professed by and made popular by the Medieval poet Francesco Petrarch ("Shakespeare's Twelfth Night"). Petrarch wrote over 300 sonnets...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2013 2:53 am UTC

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What is the importance of the two songs in Act 2, Scene 3 of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

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 Twelfth Night, how does the clown prove that Olivia is a fool?

Throughout the play, Feste calls other people fools as an insult. For him, being a "fool" is a profession, but when he calls another person a fool, he means it more as we use it today, to mean "a...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2018 2:56 am UTC

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What is the significance of Antonio in Twelfth Night?

Antonio plays a small but key function in the plot of Twelfth Night. He is essential to the plot because he is the character who makes Viola suspect that her twin brother Sebastian is probably...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018 12:52 am UTC

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What is an example of a double entendre in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

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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How is self-deception a theme in Twelfth Night?  

A crucial moment in the play in regards to the theme of self-deception is when Malvolio connects the person in "Olivia's" letter (which was really written by Maria) to himself. As part of a cruel...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 2:11 pm UTC

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In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, why is Sir Andrew determinded to leave Olivia's house?

In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Sir Andrew is the "foolish knight" who has come to woo Olivia at her kinsman Sir Toby's suggestion. Sir Andrew is wealthy, and Toby wants to set himself up so he can...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2013 9:43 pm UTC

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How does Shakespeare portray love in Twelfth Night?  

Despite ending in three marriages, love seems to be portrayed more as a sickness or even a kind of madness in Twelfth Night rather than as a lasting source of joy and companionship. Notice the...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2019 8:35 pm UTC

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Why does Maria use "MOAI" to fool Malvolio in "Twelfth Night"?

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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What are some literary devices in Twelfth Night Act 3?

A literary device is any technique used by a writer to produce an effect. As such, it's a fairly broad umbrella term; particular structures, such as the iambic pentameter Shakespeare uses across...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2018 10:33 am UTC

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Is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night a comedy or tragedy, and why?

When defining what a comedy is, particularly a Shakespearean comedy, while the ability to make us laugh can be a part of it, the term comedy usually defines a "dramatic form, a structure" ("Comedy:...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2013 3:25 am UTC

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In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Malvolio says: "Some are born to be great, some achive greatness,and some have...

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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In "Twelfth Night", what does Malvolio fancy himself as?  

"You are sick of self-love", Olivia tells Malvolio, "and taste with a distempered appetite". And he is: he genuinely thinks he is fantastic. So before I tell you the things that Malvolio fancies...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 7:46 am UTC

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Analyze the quote below from Twelfth Night: My master loves her dearly; And I, poor monster, fond as much on him;...

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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In the Shakespearean play Twelfth Night, what are some examples for the theme, folly of ambition ?

The theme of the folly of ambition in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is apparent in the character of Sir Andrew Aguecheeck who pretends to be Sir Toby's friend, but he really scams him for his money....

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011 4:16 am UTC

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In Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, what does the clown say he can prove in Act 1, Scene 5?

The Clown says he can prove Olivia is a fool. The fool has been having a good time with Maria (Olivia's maid), so he is already warmed up by the time Olivia shows up. The exchange shows that...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015 9:42 pm UTC

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