Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night Set in a topsy turvy world like a holiday revel this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins misplaced passions and mistaken identity Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self
  • Title: Twelfth Night
  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • ISBN: 9780743482776
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare, Set in a topsy turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self deluded steward who dreams of becoming Count Malvolio only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress The two plots combine to creatSet in a topsy turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self deluded steward who dreams of becoming Count Malvolio only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress The two plots combine to create a farce touched with melancholy, mixed throughout with seductively beautiful explorations on the themes of love and time, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown s sad song.
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    1. William Shakespeare

      William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.

    586 thoughts on “Twelfth Night”

    1. I wish I could ve seen what performances of this play were like in Shakespeare s time Since women couldn t be on stage, men had to play the women s roles, which means that the guy playing Viola had to also dress up as a man while acting like a woman You have to wonder if the audience ever really knew what was going on I ll bet you anything you like that some form of the following conversation took place in the Globe Theater at one point GROUNDLING 1 Wait, wasn t that guy playing a girl Why s he [...]


    2. Twins Freaky or Fun Twelfth Night is Shakespeare s answer to that age old question.While I was listening to this, I had no idea that Viola Sebastian were twins As far as I knew, they were just siblings But, apparently, they were if I had read the blurb, I would have known this.And, apparently, it was also easy to pass as a man 400 years ago I guess if Gwen could do it and still find time to write her ever practical GOOP blog , then I could too This is useful to know, in case I ever get that time [...]


    3. Twelfth night is probably the most well rounded of all the Shakespearean comedies I have read so far, both for its structure and thematic scope, which is close to the darkest side of his best tragedies Evading the somewhat shallow hedonism of his earlier comedies, the perplexed reader encounters a play that is opened with a shipwreck on the coast of the fictional town of Illyria The twins Viola and Sebastian were onboard of the crashed vessel but they lose sight of each other amidst the chaos an [...]


    4. Book Review4 out of 5 stars to Twelfth Night, a comedy written in 1601 by William Shakespeare There are reviews written about Shakespeare than either of us know what to do with, on, over or about So you re not getting a review from me What I will say is the following Love him or not, the man can create brilliant plots and characters Twins Mistaken identities Tomfoolery Witchcraft A chain of who s on first when it comes to which character is in love with which other character Confusion knows no [...]


    5. The treatment of Malvolio is a little too cruel, Belch and Aguecheek are a little too coarse, and the resolution is a little too abrupt, and so this excellent Shakespearean comedy falls a little short of perfection Still, the poetry about music and the songs themselves are wonderful, Viola and Orsino are charming, and Feste is the wisest and best of clowns.


    6. Now a strange, astonishing thing or two , happened, off the west coast of the Balkans, Illyria , in an undetermined age, aristocratic, identical twins, a boy and a girl, well around twenty, give or take a few years, were lost at sea, shipwrecked by a powerful storm Presumed drowned by the other surviving sibling, both saw their relative in an untenable situation But this being a play, the twins keep on breathing, reaching the beautiful, dry, glorious beach, with separate help from out of the blu [...]


    7. Reading Shakespeare is almost like going down into the basement of literature and examining the foundations So often I find the origins of what has become trite and overdone, and yet Shakespeare was the fountain from which so much springs This is especially true of Twelfth Night, it is apparent that so many comedies and romances over the centuries were heavily influenced by this play.Very entertaining.


    8. Twelfth Night or, What You Will, William ShakespeareTwelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601 02 as a Twelfth Night s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck Viola who is disguised as Cesario falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her think [...]


    9. December 31, 2017 reviewMy return to the world of William Shakespeare and my favorite play though I find Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing to be superior dramatically, neither are as romantic or riotously funny as this brought me back to my first reread on and Twelfth Night Work on my novel ground to a halt several weeks ago at the halfway mark and I wanted to return to a couple of texts that remind me of why I m a writer I also noticed that as of December 30, I was one book short of my 2017 rea [...]


    10. I really didn t expect to like this Most comedy is wasted on me, but Shakespearean comedy is just so damn funny Reading this play is only half the picture I think this is a play that really must be seen in performance as well I watched a DvD version of the recent globe production and I was practically rolling on my living room floor with laughter It had an all male cast, which just made it even better Mark Rylance as Olivia was just pure comic genius, and Stephen Fry as Malvolio was just awkward [...]


    11. Twelfth night being the last comedy of William Shakespeare, is highly acclaimed and panned at equal measures We come to peruse and praise his literary genius through his artistic handling of different themes packed in one play On the surface, the play exhibits traces of mistaken identity, deception, Lovesickness, melancholy, desire and abundance, gender and sex, master and servant, but on the broader canvass, the colors are vivid and glaring laden with undercurrent meanings of these themes.Wher [...]


    12. So this one doesn t rank terribly high on the believability scale, but this is still my favorite Shakespeare comedy It s absurd to have a set of fraternal twins brother and sister who look so much alike that people who know them reasonably well can t tell them apart Shakespeare may not have been entirely clear on the distinction between identical and fraternal twins or, likely, he just didn t care But push the Disbelief Suspension button here and just go have fun with this love triangle So besi [...]


    13. A few years ago I read a review of some film that had come out and I was sure I would never see read the review almost carelessly while flicking through the arts section of the paper on a Saturday morning, no, I must have been clicking over The Age Home Page The woman who wrote the review commented that whatever the film was had been based on Twelfth Night which she considered that most ridiculous of Shakespeare s plays she really could not see how anyone could be bothered to reproduce this nons [...]


    14. I liked the dialogue in this one a lot than the first one we read for class A Comedy of Errors I love the whole girl poses as a guy in order to trick misogynists into letting her participate in their society trope, and I just in general loved Olivia and Viola as characters, so I was super into this My only complaint is that the ending wraps up too swiftly for me and a few of the plotlines were just kinda smooshed into one grand finale, but I was left wanting Not the best Shakespeare I ve read [...]


    15. If you be not mad, be gone if you have reason, be brief William Shakespeare, Twelfth NightI liked it, but didn t love it Positives I always like Shakespeare s gender benders The Bard enjoys not playing characters straight He doesn t want a love story or even a love triangle, Shakespeare wants to explore all the tangents, the lines, and the angles of love s many geometries He is a great experimenter of the human soul He is the Faraday of romance, unsatisfied until he has teased out all the attrac [...]


    16. 4 StarsOverview Be not afraid of greatness Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them While not his most well known work, The Twelfth Night is certainly one of my favorite works by Shakespeare I ve always enjoyed his comedies than his tragedies, and this one was filled with his trademark wit and crazy situationsPros Shakespeare loved him some wordplay, and as always, it s masterful The jokes were quick and hilarious, while still revealing things abou [...]


    17. A play that can really come alive when staged, as opposed to read As with many of Shakespeare s comedies, there s lots of frivolity and crazy fun, undergirded with some darker themes.



    18. You know what I think this play is the Shakespearean equivalent of Three s Company, a laugh track comedy with goofball characters and preposterous situations that trigger a chain of events you can see coming a mile away We re talking here about a play in which a woman masquerades as a man pretty much for the hell of it , deceiving everyone into believing she s a dude without testes because how else do you, in the absence of injectable testosterone products, convince people you re a dude other th [...]


    19. One of my book resolutions this year is to read classics, including some of Shakespeare s plays Shockingly, I ve only read a couple, but ironically I read Twelfth Night at the tender age of 14 as part of my year 9 English class I wanted to see how much I remembered etc Surprising, not much Basically Viola and her brother Sebastian are involved in a shipwreck, washing up on the shores of Illyria Both think the other is dead, and Viola dresses up as a bloke to protect her honour or whatever Hilar [...]


    20. 3.5 5I m glad I read this in class because I wouldn t have gotten much out of it otherwise Shakespeare may be Shakespeare, but I am also I, and I know my tastes well enough to have before reading this thought Bro I love certain pieces of your work but I m fairly certain this is not going to have a honeymoon ending Comedies tend to make me nervous with their glee and their joy and their soap bubble ideologies, and while the playwright did some wonderfully complex things with gender and the tropes [...]


    21. Comedies are never my favorites of Shakespeare, though this was quite a delightful reading for Yule A bit silly and nonsensical does make it fanciful and worked well for me Honestly, Shakespeare is one of those things that I think is infinitely better in performance than reading, especially the comedies.It was between Twelfth Night and A Winter s Tale I chose this one I suppose I ll save A Winter s Tale for next Yule and finally read the bloodbath that is Titus Andronicus Onwards


    22. I ve just written another review for a modern play, complaining about how they re not made for reading, but watching Although I d say Shakespeare kind of breaks that rule I often enjoy the words on the page as much, if not than watching a stage performance However, I feel like Twelfth Night needs to be seen There s quite a lot of stage direction and subtleties that are missed just by reading, or at least they are if you re not familiar with the story I chose to watch a production of this first [...]


    23. Asl nda kitap 3 g n nce bittiydi de benim niversite hayat na al ma s recim biraz s k nt l ge iyor, depresifken bir eyler yazam yorum affedin Hemen kitap hakk nda iki ey yazaca m sonra Panzehir e ba lamaya gidece im asl nda Hamlet e ba layacakt m ama okuyup bitirmek istemiyorum kitab , ok ciddiyim On kinci Gece yi o kadar ok sevdim ki ben bile a rd m Klasiklerden kitap okudu um zaman genelde yorum yazm yorum biliyorsunuz, nk al maya al yorum Kitap okumaya Rick Riordan la ba layan ve hayat n n o u [...]


    24. Besides Much ado about nothing , Twelfth Night is my favourite Shakespeare play.The major character is Viola, who after losing her twin brother, is forced to disguise herself as a boy to survive in a strange and hostile land namely Illyria which is at war with her home county, Messaline She musters all her courage to hide her pain over the supposed death of her brother But struggles are not over as she also has to hide her passionate love from Orsino, the Duke of Illyira whom she serves.Her posi [...]


    25. I prefer Shakespeare comedies to his tragedies and Twelfth Night was the most loved of that genre as far as I remember Having previously read when I was too young to appreciate Shakespearean work, I wanted to revisit this particular comedy that I remembered loving The story contains separation of twins due to a shipwreck, mistaken identity, a cruel trick of heart played on a steward and a tangle love, all of which are nicely settled in the end The characters are interesting and the play is fille [...]


    26. Shakespeare in Hamlet, Machbet, Othello, Venedik Taciri, Romeo ve Juliet gibi eserlerini okuduktan sonra dilimize evrilen di er eserleri bence olduk a s n k kal yor San r m bundan sonra, okumad m di er eserlerini okumaya yeltenmeyece im Zaman na g re evet ok de erli ve r a m olabilir fakat g n m z i in bence ge erli de il 3 y ld z m da sadece Shakespeare oldu u i in.


    27. Shakespeare ve eserleri hakk nda fazla s z s ylemeye gerek yok san r m Belki ele ald o u konu farkl versiyonlarda defalarca kar m za kar ld ndan eserleri g n m z i in fazla orijinal veya yarat c gelmiyor olabilir, ancak imdiye kadarki az say daki Sheakespeare okumalar mdan zevk ald m Onikinci Gece yi de ayn ekilde keyifle okudum E lenceli bir oyun eviriden ikayetim yok ancak orijinal dilinde okumak ho bir deneyim olabilir Baz lar b y k do ar, baz lar b y kl e eri ir Baz lar n nsa b y kl k gelir [...]


    28. We went to see a Cambridge University production of this last night, set in a similar period to the production we saw of As You Like It we saw earlier this year.Zak Ghazi Torbatt was hilarious as the perpetually drunk aristocrat Sir Toby Belch subtlety is not the long suit of this play , he worked well with his off sider, Sir Aguecheek, ably played by Ryan Monk Ben Walsh s Malvolio was a object lesson in how to not overplay comic creepiness Megan Gilbert looked like an old hand doing Maria it s [...]


    29. The Original Rom Com17 January 2013 There are two reasons why I gave this play such a high rating and one of them is Sir Toby Belch As a character, this guy, who is pretty much a rude, crude, and perpetual drunked, is simply a classic He is not an admirable character, and along with the maid Maria, his comrade in arms Sir Andrew, Fabian, and not to forget the clown Feste who, by the way is played brilliantly by Ben Kingsley in the Trevor Nunn movie, if only because I kept on mistaking him for Pa [...]


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