Social Class System In Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare
The system was reinforced by the reality of society not wanting to change the classes, even when Shakespeare encourages this change. Olivia’s and Cesario’s class change brought a sense of hope because Olivia fell in love with a “man” based on his heart, not his class. Twelfth Night is a comedy which means chaos is brought upon in the beginning and the happy ending at the end. The mixing of social classes was supposed to bring upon hope, even though it was chaotic, that one day the classes can be intermingled and everything can be okay, but due to the reality of society and social rules win at the end. Through the use of Toby and Maria, a little hope was brought upon their intermingled class marriage because she was a lady, but she was apart of the court and friends with Olivia. More specifically, the ship captain and Malvolio were punished for acting out of rank and then thrown into a cell. Both men represented the two sides of reaction for the lower class the quiet ones and the revengers seekers. Lastly, the character named Feste who spoke for Shakespeare and his belief on the class system and pointed out, through the use of a song, what was wrong with. Nonetheless, Twelfth Night tried to subvert the possibility of change but instead reinforced the social class system due to the backlash of …show more content…
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