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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare also known as Bard of Avon, lived from 1564-1616 in Stratford upon Avon.He is known as a famous playwright, actor, and poet. He first started his schooling around the age of six at the Stratford grammer school. His parents were John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, and his wife was Anne Hathaway. One of his most famous play was Hamlet which was a tragedy. The second most famous play was Romeo and Juliet, wich was a tragedy. The third most famous play was Henry V, which was a historical play.

William Shakespeare

In the beggining Viola and Sebastian's ship wrecks. The captain pulls Viola to safety. Viola cuts her hair and goes to work for Duke Orsino as Cesario, thinking that her brother is dead. While working for Orsino, Cesario has to confess the Duke's love for Countess Olivia. During this Oliva falls in love with Cesario for his poetic speech. Soon after that Cesario starts falling in love with Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino thinks he is going crazy because he starts developing feelings for Cesario. Then Sebastian shows up in Illyria and he finds his sister. The Countess and Duke are dumbfounded, but everything works out. Duke Orsino marries Viola and Countess Olivia marries Sebastian. The subplot is when Maria tricks Malvolio and when Cesario and Sir Andrew Aguechhek sword fight. One of the plot twists is when Malvolio shows up on Olivia's room wearing yellow stockings and cross gardered. Olivia doesn't know what is going on, but the audience knows. Another example is when Olivia marries Sebastian thinking its Cesario.

The Plot

Direct characterization is when the author directly describes what a character is like. Inderect characterizationnis when a characters attributes is showesd through there actions and speech.Olivia has changed and grew throughout the play. At first she was morning for seven yoears, but when she heard Cesario's poetic language all of that changed because she fell in love. Most of the story she is chasing after Cesario. She tried to marry him, but accidently married Sebaastian. When she finds out Cesario is actually a girl and Sebastian is her twin brother, she falls in love with Sebastian.


Allusion/ Symbolism

Symbolism is when a word is used to represent another word or phrase.An allusion is when a word or phrase refers to a story or sometohing common."To the gate of Tartar, thou most excellent devil of wit!" This quote is an example of an allusion because the gates of Tartar refers to mytholgoy."How will she love when the golden shaft hath killed the flock of all affections else." The golden shaft is a refrence to cupid, so it is an allusion."And what should I do in Illyria? y brother he is in Elysium." Elysium refers to the place after death, which is an exzample of an allusion."Never in your life, I think, unless you see canary put me down. Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has? This quote is an example of symbolism because Christian refers to an ordinary person or man."What shall we do else? Were we not born under Taurus?" Since Taurus refers to the zodiac it is an allusion.

In the play, Twelfth Night, there was a lot of irony in the play. When Malvolio got a letter that he though was from Olivia, but the audience knew it was from Maria is an example of dramatic irony. Also, there was situaltional irony when Orsino wants Olivia, but Olivia wants Cesario, even though Cersario is acually Viola, which is a girl. There was also verbal irony where sir andrew didnt know what accost was but was known for learning 7 different languages.


The video at the left shows the funny and akward scene between Olivia and Malvolio. Malvolio thinks Olivia is in love with him so he wears yellow stockings and cross garders them, while smiling like a fool.


Alexis DraffanIsabella PhamPeriod 4May 26, 2014


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