Masks in Twelfth Night
“Females are central to the funny in Twelfth Night.” Check out how Shakespeare utilizes the characters of Viola, Olivia and Maria to create comedy in the play. In the play ‘Twelfth Night’ all of the women are enabled, either over each other, over males, or over their servants. The females in the play are used to include a comic result by having some of the comedy brought on by them and some directed at them. Shakespeare utilizes a combination of comic methods such as misunderstandings, significant paradox and physical aspects to create a humorous impact, all of these are centred on and around the females in the play.
Olivia is the most effective lady in the play as she has servants who work for her. The extent of her power appears in Act 1 Scene 5 when Olivia pretends that Cesario has actually left a ring as a present from Orsino. She says; “Pursue that peevish messenger, the County’s Male.” When Cesario delivers a message from the Duke, Olivia unexpectedly shows early signs of ending up being consumed with Cesario. In Act 1 Scene 5 she states; “Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions and spirit, Do provide thee five-fold blazon” Olivia appears to think that everything about Cesario is appealing.
Cesario, is attractive to Olivia due to the fact that “he” is both manly and feminine looking. ‘thy tongue’ suggests Olivia likes ‘Cesario’s’ way with words, and ‘actions and spirit’, suggests she likes ‘his’ friendly nature and she thinks he has no imperfections. She likewise states; “However quickly might one catch the plague? Methinks I feel this youth’s Excellences with an undetectable and subtle stealth to creep in at my own eyes.” She has succumbed to Cesario rather quickly, for that reason, comparing it to a disease as illness are captured quickly.
She likewise describes that she has fallen for him from the simple sight of him, and has actually captured love for him through her eyes like you would catch a disease from breathing it into your lungs. The 2nd female character who is in ownership of a great deal of power, gets it in a various way. Maria is Olivia’s servant, but has actually spent so much time around Olivia that she can mimic her handwriting, precisely as Olivia’s is- thus being able to forge the letter to Malvolio, pretending to be Olivia, which is one of the most dramatic parts of the play.
She states; “I can write extremely like my woman your niece, on a forgotten matter we can barely make distinction of our hands.” The letter that Maria produces is among the main motives for a humorous and dramatical result in the play. There is an element of physical funny which adds to the humorous impact as the letter is telling Malvolio that Olivia wishes to see him ‘cross-gartered’ and in ‘yellow stockings’.
This produces funny as the audience can anticipate what is coming and the reality that he will be worn in this manner will embarrass him and make it appear like he has freaked, which is what Maria planned. In the RSC adaption of ‘Twelfth Night’, the sight of Malvolio dressed in such a way acquired a great deal of laughter from the audience which, for that reason, shows that in this part of the play, the funny stems from something bad occurring to somebody else. This anchors the concept that some of the drama and comedy in the play is caused by females.
The third most effective lady in the play is Viola, who acquires power from pretending to be a male called Cesario and getting the trust of Duke Orsino. Violas cross dressing would have been seen as ‘wicked’ in the Elizabethan era, however is utilized as an intention for funny in the play. In Act 1 Scene 4, Orsino commands that, because he has actually told Cesario the level of his love for Olivia, the boy needs to woo her on Orsino’s behalf. Viola needs to manage her own passion for Orsino, whilst hiding her real identity, in the form of ‘Cesario’.
She could, for that reason, be viewed as ‘effective’ in the manner in which she has strong feelings towards Orsino however is able to manage them. The main funny result that Viola creates is remarkable irony; the audience understand that ‘Cesario’ is truly a woman called Viola. Funny is produced when Viola says; “Above my fortunes, yet my state is well: I am a gentleman” She is tricking herself and the other characters in the play by pretending to be something she’s not. Hayley Bevan