Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night has a very confusing, but entertaining plot. A young girl named Viola, washes up on the shore of Illyria after her ship capsized. Viola decides to dress up as a man so she can find work with the duke, Orsino. Viola (dressed as Cesario) becomes Orsino's favorite and he asks Cesario to declare Orsino's love to Lady Olivia. Cesario obeys and soon Olivia falls in love with Cesario. Cesario (Viola) says that she can't love Olivia because she is a woman and is in love with Orsino. Eventually everything works out when Viola's twin brother, Sebastian (who Viola thought was dead) enters Olivia's court. Olivia marries Sebastian and Cesario reveals himself to be Viola. Orsino marries Viola and everyone is happy. While all of this is going on, Olivia's court has troubles of its own. Olivia's uncle, Sir Toby, tries to get his friend, Sir Andrew, to marry Olivia. Malvolio, the head steward, constantly interferes with Sir Toby and Sir Andrew's late night parties and Malvolio ends up having everyone mad at him. Maria (Olivia's Gentlewoman), Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and another worker named Fabian, hatch a plan to get revenge on Malvolio for being such a stick in the mud. Maria imitates Olivia's handwriting and forges a letter saying that Olivia is in love with Malvolio. The letter tells him to do several funny and ridiculous things. Malvolio falls for it and Olivia thinks he has gone crazy. By the end of the play, Malvolio leaves Olivia's court and Sir Toby and Maria get married.

Wiliam Shakespeare uses dramatic irony throughout twelfth night.The main cause of dramatic irony in Twelfth Night is the fact that Cesario is actually a woman named Viola. This causes a lot of confusion amongst the characters in the play. Olivia finds herself falling in love with Cesario who can not love her back because he is a woman.

This clip mainly shows Maria, Feste, Sir Toby, and Sir Andrew having fun late at night. Malvolio hears the loud, happy noises, and decides to put an end to it. After Malvolio ruins their fun, Maria decides to play a trick on him. Maria says that she will write a letter in similar writing to Olivia's so that Malvolio will believe the letter is from her.

William Shakespeare lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. His exact birthdate is unknown, but it is commonly accepted that his birth date is April 23, 1564. Again, the day he died is also debatable, but many believe that he died on his birthday, April 23, 1616.Shakespeare probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, where he learned to read and write.William Shakespeare wrote many plays but a few of his most famous works are:HamletRomeo and JulietHenry VIA Midsummer Nights DreamTwelfth Night Twelfth Night was set in Illyria, an ancient city in Europe.

Shakespeare uses many forms of characterization, including direct and indirect.Direct characterization would be clearly stating how the character feels. An example would be: Alexander is happy.Indirect characterization is showing how the character feels. NOT telling. For instance: Alexander skipped into class, a huge smile across his face, handed his teacher a flower and sat in his seat.

Some allusions in the story include:Arion- A Greek musician rescued by a dolphin after sailors stole his money and ordered him to jump overboard.Robert Browne- A Puritan extremist who advocated separation from the Church of England and demanded freedom from government interference. he was jailed more than 30 times for his activities. Cockatrice- mythological serpent that could kill with the glare of its eyesExamples of symbolism are:Olivia's gifts- When Olivia wants to let Cesario know that she loves him, she sends him a ring by way of Malvolio.Clothing- Clothes are powerful in Twelfth Night. They can symbolize changes in gender—Viola puts on male clothes to be taken for a male— as well as class distinctions.

The Plot

Characterization

Allusions/Symbolism

Who was William Shakespeare?

Irony

Made by:Elizabeth Gravelle&Sara PogemillerPeriod: 15/26/14


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