Twelfth Night Review
Literatures in English Internal Evaluation Subject: An evaluation of Twelfth Night Call: Stephanie Shannon Subject: Literatures in English Teacher: Mr. Yearde Intro Twelfth Night, also called What You Will is a comical play composed by William Shakespeare around the time 1601-1602. It was composed by Shakespeare for a Twelfth Night Entertainment that occurred to close off the Christmas season. The name of the play is to represent the twelfth night after Christmas. SUMMARY OF TEXT Twelfth Night begins in the kingdom of Illyria where we see Orsino, a nobleman, listening to music and frantically looking for the love of Lady Olivia.
Lady Olivia nevertheless does no dream to wed as she is mourning her dead brother. Meanwhile on the coast Viola, a young lady born of aristocratic household, cleans up on the shore of Illyria from a shipwreck. She thinks that her bro Sebastian has passes away in the shipwreck. The Captain who cleaned up on shore with her informs her about Orsino and Olivia. Viola wants to work for Lady Olivia however the Captain informs her Lady Olivia does not talk with complete strangers so she rather chooses to work for Orsino.
In order to do this, she disguises herself as a man, calling herself Cesario. Viola who is disguised as Cesario quickly becomes a favourite of Orsino and she falls in love with him. This love however can not be pursued as Orsino believes her to be a guy. Orsino makes Cesario his page young boy and sends him to deliver his love letters to Woman Olivia. Olivia soon falls in love with Viola impersonated Cesario believing she is a man. Love problems develop as Viola loves Orsino who loves Woman Olivia who likes Cesario (Viola dressed as a male).
In the sub plot of the play we fulfill Lady Olivia’s household members; Sir Toby Belch- Olivia’s drunkard other half, Maria- Olivia’s daring serving female, Sir Andrew Aguecheek- a buddy of Sir Toby, Feste- the clown and Malvolio- the conceited head servant of Olivia’s home. Maria and the others get tired of Malvolio’s constant arrogance and “ruining the fun” so they choose to play a prank on him, making him believe Olivia is in love with him. Maria creates a letter allegedly from Olivia dealt with to the man she likes.
It says that if he wishes to earn her love he has to wear yellow stockings and crossed garters, act haughtily, smile continuously, and decline to describe himself to anybody. Malvolio sees it and thinks it is addressed to him because of the initials M. O. A. I. Malvolio’s follows the commands of the letter believing if he does, Olivia will wed him hence making him a nobleman. Lady Olivia however after seeing him, believes he is mad. Meanwhile, Sebastian, Viola’s twin bro, gets here in Illyria thinking that Viola was killed in the shipwreck with his good friend and protector Antonio who loves him very much.
Sebastian character just serves as filler for Cesario as Viola and Sebastian are twins and dressed as a man Viola looked similar to him so individuals barely discovered the difference. Character Analysis The characters in Twelfth Night played a vital part to the play and in analyzing them we see how extremely important they are. Viola- The lead character in the play, Viola is a simple and likeable female. We see her fall for a male that does not even understand that she is a lady. Her love for Orsino seems to be the only true love in the whole play as she does not move her love from one character to another.
Viola’s love for Orsino seems sad as we believe in the beginning of the play that there is no other way she will ever be able to receive his love due to the fact that she is dressed as a man. Viola nevertheless shows this incorrect as she reveals herself in the ending of the play. Orsino- A duke of Illyria who is courting Woman Olivia, he is Viola’s love interest. Nevertheless he does not return the sensations until completion of the play. Orsino made the popular “If music be the food of love, use” speech but he doesn’t seem to truly know the real meaning of love nor do I think he has actually ever experienced it.
He seems to only be in love with the concept of remaining in love which is why it is so simple for him to turn his affections from Lady Olivia who he seemed to have been smitten with in the first part of the play, to Viola in the end. Olivia- a countess of Illyria without any father or sibling, she is the love interest of Orsino. She however comprises the reason of mourning her sibling to desist from weding. Orsino keeps pursuing her love however is not successful and she falls for Cesario (Viola dressed as a male.) Olivia too like Orsino does not actually know real love.
She does not even recognize when Viola (Cesario) is changed with her sibling Sebastian in the middle to end of the play. Malvolio- The steward (head servant) to Lady Olivia, Malvolio was an arrogant guy who liked to criticize the rest of Olivia’s family so it came as no surprise when Maria crafted a plan to prank the man. Malvolio succumbs to the trick and we see his gullible nature. He ends up being the center of the majority of the comedy in the play because of his belief that Olivia loves him. Sir Toby- Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby was carefree in his methods and was a problem drinker.
His option in good friends (Sir Andrew) didn’t help his case much as Sir Andrew was the dullest of the whole group though the majority of would state Malvolio because he succumbed to Maria’s trick. Sir Toby however is no fool as is shown when his marital relationship to Maria comes to light. Maria- Olivia’s witty serving lady, Maria is the cleverest of the household as she engineers the plot to prank Malvolio. We learn in the end of the play that Maria is married to Sir Toby. Her cleverness is drawn out more into the light as we see that she is a manipulator, controling circumstances to fit her requirements.
She understands Sir Toby is not the brightest of people and for that reason is her best possibility at nobility therefore weds him. She is successful in something Malvolio never ever did due to the fact that of her smart wittiness. Theme Analysis The 2 primary themes of the play were love and gender. Desire and Love as a cause of suffering and disguise’s contribution to the play. But there were other themes that played an extremely important part of the play Desire and Love- Twelfth night being a romantic comedy shows numerous elements and cases of love and desire. Despite the fact that there was a resolution at the end of the play, there ere a great deal of trials and heart ache to arrive. Shakespeare lets us see that despite the fact that being in love is happiness, it can also trigger a great deal of unhappiness and pain as seen with Viola in the case of Orsino. Orsino was never ever really in love with Olivia simply the concept of being in love therefore his infatuation was not love however desire. He however did not get his preferred result and so it caused him heartache simply as in the case of Viola. Orsino and Olivia view love in an unfavorable light as both their love interests do no not appear interested.
Orsino views like as an “Hunger” which he can not seem to please and Olivia views like as a “afflict” that was cast upon her. Love also draws out another minor theme which is anger. Orsino feels anger and envy towards Cesario because he thinks Cesario wishes to end up being Olivia’s lover and stop serving him. Shakespeare also reveals us that love is likewise exclusionary as Malvolio shows. He does not get his “gladly ever after” but rather the opposite as Olivia believes him mad. Camouflage– Disguise is an extremely essential style in Twelfth Night and most likely the most evaluated by critiques.
It adds to most of the funny in the play and without it the love triangle between Viola, Orsino and Olivia might not be possible. Shakespeare enables us to take a look at our own life and brings to light the possible disguises there and how they have actually impacted the options made in everyday life. The disguise of Viola as Olivia draws out the real nature of the “love” Orsino had for Olivia letting us see that it wasn’t love but desire. The camouflage and of Malvolio brings out Maria’s clever and amusing side, one we probably would not have seen had she not pull the prank and Malvolio fell under the trap.
Lies and Deceit- The theme of lies and deceit plays out the most in Maria’s trickery which causes Malvolio’s failure. Her trickery likewise highlights the style of look versus reality as seen with the created letter that she lets Malvolio think was composed by Olivia. Malvolio is deceived by individuals he believed his friends. Then again he must not have actually been surprised at their behavior towards him because he always criticized them and acted as though he ran out their league which ironically he wasn’t as Maria and Sir Toby were above him on the social ladder.