William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night Essay

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The play Twelfth Night is named as such for its representation of All Kings Day. Where upon this holiday was originally supposed to celebrate the three kings/wise-men who came and brought gifts to baby Jesus. But according to history it turned into more of a crazy party around the time of the writing of this play. I believe that this play is a representation of that. Within twelfth night there are several examples of characters abandoning there since of reason, or possible showing they had none to begin with. Most notable is Malvolio in scene 5 of act 2 when he reads the letter. He automatically assumes the letter is addressed to him. He then proceeds to absurdly attempt to justify his claim, saying “M, O, A, I; this simulation is not as the former: and yet, to crush this a little, it would bow to me, for every one of these letters are in my name.” His sense of reasoning is nowhere present during this scene nor many others. Instead all he cares about is Olivia liking him so much and he assumes that she wants him. This is made further apparent when Olivia tells him he should go to bed and Malvolio assumes that she means we should go upstairs and bonk. Which Olivia would find as an appalling suggestion. Other characters are Guilty of abandoning reason as well. In the first interactions between Antonio and Viola (when she is still disguised as a man) Antonio mistakenly identifies Viola as Sebastian. Antonio is being dragged away and calls out to her…

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