Language Forms in Twelfth Night

Language Forms in Twelfth Night - Dieu vous garde monsieur...

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Caputo 1 Language Forms in Twelfth Night Prompt Several forms of specialized language appear in Twelfth Night , such as love poetry discourse, witty puzzles, Feste’s academic parodies, musical lyrics, foreign languages like French, and written declarations. Pick no more than three of such forms and explain the way different types of language are used to inflect character, action, or setting. How do minor linguistic forms call attention to Shakespeare’s dominant forms of language in prose and verse, or to the concept of language itself? Foreign Language Incidences in Twelfth Night : SIR TOBY: Pourquoi , my dear knight? SIR ANDREW: What is ‘Pourquoi’? Do, or not do? I would I had bestowed that time in the tongues that I have in fencing, dancing, and bear-baiting. O, had I but followed the arts! I.3.77-80 FESTE: Misprision in the highest degree! Lady, ‘ Cucullus non facit monachum ’—that’s as much to say as I wear motley in my brain. I.5.48-50 SIR ANDREW:
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Unformatted text preview: Dieu vous garde, monsieur. VIOLA: Et vous aussi, votre serviteur. SIR ANDREW: I hope sir, you are, and I am yours. III.1.64-66 FESTE: Bonos dies , Sir Toby, for, as the old hermit of Prague, that never saw pen and ink, very wittily said to a niece of King Gorboduc, ‘That that is, is.’ So I, being Master Parson, am Master Parson; for what is ‘that’ but ‘that’, and ‘is’ but ‘is’? IV.2.11-14 Arguments in the Paper Types of Language • Foreign Language (French/Latin Expressions) • Song • Written declarations • Puns Language in Twelfth Night shows the true intelligence and wisdom of the characters, thereby fabricating a sense of identity. Caputo 2 • Sir Andrew’s admission of philistinism • Feste’s employment of a Latin phrase to prove his mental worth • Feste’s use of false Latin to distinguish himself as a priest • Viola and Sir Andrew’s exchange in French, showing Sir Andrew’s incompetence...
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