Twelfth Night | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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twelfth-night-william-shakespeareOrsino, Act I, Scene If music be the food of love, play on.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Introduction to Twelfth Night edited by Keir ElamCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Love & MadnessLove can causemadness when expectation and reality collide.Folly of GriefLifes misfortunes are not to be dwelled upon or taken seriously.Topsy-Turvy WorldWhen people usedisguises and play jokes, problems arise.ThemesBeautiful noblewoman grieving her brothers death; falls in love with disguised ViolaOliviaViolas heartbroken twin brother; strong, handsome man surprised to marry OliviaSebastianElegant nobleman suffering from unrequited love for Olivia; eventually loves ViolaOrsinoYoung woman mourning her brothers loss; dresses as a boy, Cesario, but loves OrsinoViolaMain CharactersShakespeare is perhaps the most famous playwright in history, and he also worked as an actor. The first known performance of Twelfth Night was in 1601 or 1602, possibly for Queen Elizabeth I. The play uses some of Shakespeares favorite plot devices, including mistaken identities and a girl masquerading as a boy.WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE15641616AuthorAfter much confusion, the twins reunite so everyone can live happily ever after.Viola & Sebastian ReuniteViola woos Olivia for Orsino, but Olivia falls for Viola instead.Olivia Loves ViolaViola, dressed as a boy, secretly loves Orsino, but he loves Olivia.Viola Loves OrsinoWhen a shipwreck separates twins Viola and Sebastian, Viola decides to disguise herself as a boy. She becomes entangled in a love triangle that only grows more confusing with the reappearance of Sebastian. Once the twins’ identities are revealed, everything is resolved.Mistaken Identities & Misplaced LoveOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1600–02Years WrittenWilliam ShakespeareAuthorTwelfth NightComedyPlay

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