Why is cypress wood mentioned in Twelfth Night? The professor probably mentioned the significance in a class that I skipped, so any ideas about what he might be looking for in a short answer to this question?  It is a college course on folklore.  Any ideas about why Shakespeare specifically mentions cypress wood in the work will help.  The professor is an Anglophile, and loves folklore and what people believed in, for instance why do amazonian tribes say you can cure a toothache by spitting in a frogs mouth? That kind of thing. So Cypress Wood, why is it in Twelfth Night? Thank you.

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The cypress tree represents death in Greek mythology.  It is the recognized symbol of Hades, Lord of the Underworld, because its roots grow deep underground.  The cypress tree also occurs in a legend about a young man who mistakenly kills Apollo’s pet deer and...

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