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  • Madness In Shakespeare's Malvolio, Sebastian Or You Will

    big misunderstanding. So if this so called madness throughout the whole play was really just confusion and miscommunication between everyone, then do we really know if madness was truly there? The answer is yes, everyone in that play was at least a little mad. Orsino was madly in love with someone who did not love him back; Malvolio’s ambitions drove him mad; Olivia fell in love with the servant of her caller; Antonio blindly followed a stranger; Viola pretended to be a man for the months; and Sebastian married a woman who believed he was someone else. Just about everyone in Twelfth Night was at least a little mad. In fact the sanest person in the whole play is probably the fool Feste, who stated to Malvolio, “you are mad indeed, if you be no better in your wits than a fool,” (149). Unlike the others Feste showed great wit throughout the entirety of the play, after all one must be “wise enough to play the fool,”…

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  • Morality In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

    anxious demeanor, Sir Toby displays a more extemporaneous outlook on life. Sir Toby Belch possesses countless sanguineous mannerisms that also affect the comedy relief of Twelfth Night. Sir Toby is impulsive, for instance, when Malvolio was irritating…

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  • Gender Roles In Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare

    Lisa Wolpe, stuck to the same “brilliant” script that Shakespeare had laid out in 1601. It is to my knowledge that the there were relatively no changes to the script minus a few altercations to the songs that Feste the fool had sung. Contrarily, I do not feel that a phenomenal job was done in the directing. There seemed to be an overpowering concept of comedy. During scenes consisting of all the fools getting drunk and partying, there was lots of movement, and happenings that were in fact…

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  • Olivia And The Fool In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

    that, and also succeeds in have very deep, almost tragic moments. These diverse and well-rounded characters who go through so much in such a little amount of time, all have so many different interpretations that add to the play and make it even more amazing. Two very important characters who can both be interpreted in different ways, are the aristocrat, Olivia and the fool, Feste. While separately seen as complex characters with complex interpretations, Olivia and Feste’s relationship is rarely…

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  • The Importance Of Social Class In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

    following a class in 17th Century Italy. The two characters of Feste the fool, and Viola (disguised as Cesario) have the ability to move freely throughout different classes due to both of their ‘disguises’. These two personalities exhibit signs of clairvoyance, knowledge beyond expectation, as well as high intelligence. These traits are given specific attention in Act 3, Scene 1 through Feste and Viola (Cesario)’s exchange outside of Olivia’s property. The character of Feste is intriguing…

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  • Manipulation In Twelfth Night

    with obstacles along the way, including Olivia, the Duke’s love interest. The themes mentioned are developed and sometimes scrutinized by the play’s characters, such as Orsino, Olivia, and Feste the clown. In particular, the progression of the beginning of III, i expand upon the themes through a conversation between Viola and Feste, also referred to as Clown. Through a quick reading of this part of the scene, a reader might view the conversation as further characterization…

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  • Masks In Shakespeare's Play 'Twelfth Night'

    In Shakespeare's play he uses two types of masks in his plays, literal masks and figurative masks. The play Twelfth Night, is about a girl named Viola who thinks her brother is dead, so she dresses like him and calls herself Cesario to mourn for him. Eventually a girl name Olivia falls in love with Cesario, but is really falling in love with Viola. Then later in the play Sebastian comes back alive, Viola and Sebastian are both happy that they knew each other was alive. But Sebastian is confused…

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  • Fools In Twelfth Night Analysis

    Fools in Renaissance society often came from lower class backgrounds, and were employed by aristocrats purely for entertainment and servitude. Their purpose was to entertain through humour and insults mitigated by irony and sarcasm. In Twelfth Night, Feste is in the employment of the noble lady, Olivia/ As a noble lady, employer, and member of the upper-class, Olivia posses power over Feste, especially political and social power due to her status and authority in Illyria’s society. Despite…

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  • Twelfth Night Character Analysis

    disturbing truths about the behavior of humanity, thus earning himself sinister notoriety. Shakespeare implements some of these truths into his work. So, to what extent is Twelfth Night a Machiavellian play? Throughout Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, his characters portray qualities a prince would possess according to Machiavelli, which reflects their actions as well as the situation they find themselves in by the conclusion of the play. Characters in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, only judge by…

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  • Theme Of Ignorance In Twelfth Night

    and shows that as long as they do not know the true state of their situations, they will be in the agony of their own personal hells. Feste and Malvolio deliver a shared simile in 4.2, which reveals the foundational theme of the play: the characters in Olivia’s house (sphere of influence) are ignorant of their true situations. MALVOLIO. I say to you this house is dark. FESTE. There is no darkness but ignorance… MALVOLIO. I say this house is as dark as ignorance, though ignorance were as …

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