What was Shakespeare's intention when writing Twelfth Night? What's the mysterious important point he wanted to demonstrate, and what's the background of the story in general?

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The question, as asked, contains a few unstated assumptions that may not be supportable, yet it falls within the types of intriguing explorations Shakespeare's plays tempt, making them endless puzzles. To address them, we might want to contextualize the parts of this question to reach an understanding of what it means to ask the question.

First, when we ask what was a writer's intention, we can run into what is called the intentional fallacy. This is one of the literary, as opposed to logical, fallacies. Introduced in the 1950s, the intentional fallacy suggests that we can know what was in the...

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One thing to note is why the play is called "Twelfth Night". The play was named after the feast that follows after the "twelfth" night of Christmas. During this holiday, societal roles playfully switched, allowing men to act as women and masters to act as servants. This Christmas chaos allowed men and women to switch roles through costumes and play.

This feast allowed society's rules to be flexible and broken for one day. This idea can been seen throughout "Twelfth Night" as the play often deals with themes of sexual and gender identity. The readers also the theme of disguise and deception play out, which is a nod to men and women who dressed up during the original festival.

Furthermore, just a like a festival, everyone ends up tired, full of laughter, and with someone that they might not have ended up with if it wasn't for the magic of Shakespeare and ale.