Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare, or the Bard of Avon, was born on April 23, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was a famous playwright, actor, and poet, and he is considered the greatest English dramatist. He married Anne Hathaway, had a daughter named Susanna, and the fraternal twins Hamnet and Judith.

Twelfth Night

Anthony RodillChristopher MagarityCalvin NguyenPeriod 4

Plot Twists

Throughout the story plot twists appear to really change things up and suprise the audience. One example is that at the end of the story Olivia asks Sebastian to marry her thinking that he is Cesario. Sebastian, though having just met the Countess, decides to agree

Irony is a major contributor to the humor in this comedic play. One example of dramatic irony is when Olivia falls in love with Cesario, thinking he's a man, but the audience knows Cesario is really Viola.

Direct: stating what the character is like;in the story the characters described what Malvolio was like and why they disliked himIndirect: the writer shows what the character is like;in the story they also showed how viola was a nice person and got Olivia to fall in love with her by accident

Allusions are references to mythology, historical events, science, and/or religion. There are many allusions throughout the play. One example is the references of Jove, or Jupiter. In Roman religion and mythology, Jupiter is the king of the gods and the god of the sky and thunder. The allusion of Jove is said many times throughout the play. Another allusion is the reference to Elysium in Act 1 Scene 2. Elysium is a Greek heaven where chosen people would live a happy and blessed life. One more allusion in the story is the brief relation of Olivia to Mercury, as stated by Feste. In Act 1 Scene 5, they converse and Feste says, "Now Mercury endue thee with leasing, for thou speakest well of fools!"


The two twins Viola and Sebastain are separated after a shipwreck. Both eventually end up in a place called Illyria, believing that the other is dead. Viola dresses as a man named Cesario and begins working for the Duke, Orsino. Viola begins to fall in love with Orsino, but can't say anything because she is supposed to be a man. Meanwhile, Orsino is in love with the Countess, Olivia. And in turn as Cesario professes the Duke's love to Olivia, the Countess falls in love with Cesario. After some time, Sebastian arrives in Illyria and encounters those who know Cesario. Being twins, everyone thinks that he is Cesario, or Viola. He ends up fighting Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and he also marries Olivia, who he had just met. Eventually, Viola and Sebastian cross paths with every watching and very confused. After realizing what had happened, Viola is revealed to be a woman. In a practically immediate event Viola marries Orsino and Sebastian marries Olivia.


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In Act 1 Scene 5 of Twelfth Night, Olivia and "Cesario" meet for the first time. Cesario is only there for the purpose of professing Orsino's love to the Countess, but Olivia very quickly after trying to stop it, begins to converse and ask questions because she is falling in love with Cesario. This is the start of the love triangle between Viola/Cesario, Olivia, and Orsino.


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