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Why is Twelfth Night A Comedy?
It's a comedy because the Countess Olivia falls in love with a girl who is pretending to be a boy named Cesario, however, 'Cesario' or real name Viola, has a twin brother called Sebastian (They were separated at a ship wreck, and if you are wondering why shes pretending to be a boy its because she needs work to earn money) and Olivia bumps into Sebastian thinking its 'Cesario' and she repeats her love for 'Cesario' to Sebastian. Olivia asks Sebastian to marry her, Sebastian however is completely oblivious to whats happening but seen as Olivia is beautiful he agrees. In the end all the confusion of identity works out, and Olivia keeps her vows to Sebastian and 'Cesario' comes clean about being a girl and the Duke who she is deeply in love with finally realises that he loves her.
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Answer Because it's the twelfth night after Christmas. The feast of the Epiphany, January 6. always a night for a big party. There would be a cake - in France th…ere still is - and in the cake, a bean, Whoever got the bean in his slice became King for the night, in honour of the Three kings. There might also be entertainment. Shakespeare wrote a play for the occasion.
Twelfth Night and indeed most of the comedies do not fit well into the protagonist/antagonist mode of analysis. Viola is the main character in the play, but there is no other …character who particularly stands in her way.
In the kingdom of Illyria, a nobleman named Orsino lies around listening to music, pining away for the love of Lady Olivia. He cannot have her because she is in mourning for h…er dead brother and refuses to entertain any proposals of marriage. Meanwhile, off the coast, a storm has caused a terrible shipwreck. A young, aristocratic-born woman named Viola is swept onto the Illyrian shore. Finding herself alone in a strange land, she assumes that her twin brother, Sebastian, has been drowned in the wreck, and tries to figure out what sort of work she can do. A friendly sea captain tells her about Orsino's courtship of Olivia, and Viola says that she wishes she could go to work in Olivia's home. But since Lady Olivia refuses to talk with any strangers, Viola decides that she cannot look for work with her. Instead, she decides to disguise herself as a man, taking on the name of Cesario, and goes to work in the household of Duke Orsino. Viola (disguised as Cesario) quickly becomes a favorite of Orsino, who makes Cesario his page. Viola finds herself falling in love with Orsino-a difficult love to pursue, as Orsino believes her to be a man. But when Orsino sends Cesario to deliver Orsino's love messages to the disdainful Olivia, Olivia herself falls for the beautiful young Cesario, believing her to be a man. The love triangle is complete: Viola loves Orsino, Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Cesario-and everyone is miserable. Meanwhile, we meet the other members of Olivia's household: her rowdy drunkard of an uncle, Sir Toby; his foolish friend, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, who is trying in his hopeless way to court Olivia; Olivia's witty and pretty waiting-gentlewoman, Maria; Feste, the clever clown of the house; and Malvolio, the dour, prudish steward of Olivia's household. When Sir Toby and the others take offense at Malvolio's constant efforts to spoil their fun, Maria engineers a practical joke to make Malvolio think that Olivia is in love with him. She forges a letter, supposedly from Olivia, addressed to her beloved (whose name is signified by the letters M.O.A.I.), telling him that if he wants to earn her favor, he should dress in yellow stockings and crossed garters, act haughtily, smile constantly, and refuse to explain himself to anyone. Malvolio finds the letter, assumes that it is addressed to him, and, filled with dreams of marrying Olivia and becoming noble himself, happily follows its commands. He behaves so strangely that Olivia comes to think that he is mad. Meanwhile, Sebastian, who is still alive after all but believes his sister Viola to be dead, arrives in Illyria along with his friend and protector, Antonio. Antonio has cared for Sebastian since the shipwreck and is passionately (and perhaps sexually) attached to the young man-so much so that he follows him to Orsino's domain, in spite of the fact that he and Orsino are old enemies. Sir Andrew, observing Olivia's attraction to Cesario (still Viola in disguise), challenges Cesario to a duel. Sir Toby, who sees the prospective duel as entertaining fun, eggs Sir Andrew on. However, when Sebastian-who looks just like the disguised Viola-appears on the scene, Sir Andrew and Sir Toby end up coming to blows with Sebastian, thinking that he is Cesario. Olivia enters amid the confusion. Encountering Sebastian and thinking that he is Cesario, she asks him to marry her. He is baffled, since he has never seen her before. He sees, however, that she is wealthy and beautiful, and he is therefore more than willing to go along with her. Meanwhile, Antonio has been arrested by Orsino's officers and now begs Cesario for help, mistaking him for Sebastian. Viola denies knowing Antonio, and Antonio is dragged off, crying out that Sebastian has betrayed him. Suddenly, Viola has newfound hope that her brother may be alive. Malvolio's supposed madness has allowed the gleeful Maria, Toby, and the rest to lock Malvolio into a small, dark room for his treatment, and they torment him at will. Feste dresses up as "Sir Topas," a priest, and pretends to examine Malvolio, declaring him definitely insane in spite of his protests. However, Sir Toby begins to think better of the joke, and they allow Malvolio to send a letter to Olivia, in which he asks to be released. Eventually, Viola (still disguised as Cesario) and Orsino make their way to Olivia's house, where Olivia welcomes Cesario as her new husband, thinking him to be Sebastian, whom she has just married. Orsino is furious, but then Sebastian himself appears on the scene, and all is revealed. The siblings are joyfully reunited, and Orsino realizes that he loves Viola, now that he knows she is a woman, and asks her to marry him. We discover that Sir Toby and Maria have also been married privately. Finally, someone remembers Malvolio and lets him out of the dark room. The trick is revealed in full, and the embittered Malvolio storms off, leaving the happy couples to their celebration.
A classic confusion, a mistaken identity (two twins, a boy and a girl, who look almost identical, especially after the girl is forced by circumstances to dress as a boy) + a n…ot so credible lovestory + a hilarious sub-plot (giving us the most famous characters of the play, such as Malvolio or the Fool).
"Olivia: Cousin, how have you come to early by this lethargy? Toby: Lechery! I defy lechery!" This is malapropism because Sir Toby mishears Olivia's words in a… way that is comical.
One of the reasons the music in Twelfth Night plays an important role is because the characters express their feelings through the songs some of them sing/play. For example, …Feste the fool likes to sing about the melancholy aspects of love, because he is in fact singing about him self and his own experiences. One of the songs Feste sings in Twelfth Night is about a man who is doomed to feel sadness, even when married. Many people think Feste was singing about himself. However, afterwards, Feste often likes to brighten up the mood in a room afterwards by singing a happy song that the other characters know, so they can join in. Obviously, Orsino listens to songs when he is in love with Olivia.
the romantic comedy is love and love in its different shade.they were comedy of love.many types of love in the play.all important characters in the play are lovers expect the …clown .
Twelfth night is regarded as January 6th - but strictly speaking the twelfth night after Christmas is the evening of January 5th. January 6th is the feast of the Epiph…any, which commemorates the arrival of the three wise men to Bethlehem, following the birth of Jesus. That event was important because it showed that Jesus was not just born for the Jews, but was to be acknowledged by all mankind... the non-Jews and the Jews (represented by the shepherds).
Oliva,Orscio, maria, sir toby, sir andrew, feste and sebation.
All the confusion and trickery is revealed. / Sebastian and Viola are reunited. / Duke Orsino marries Viola. / Lady Olivia marries Sebastian. / Sir Toby marries Maria. / … Malvolio leaves and threatens revenge.
Orsino and Olivia Sebastian and Viola Sir Toby and Maria
The first recorded performance was in February 1602, so it was probably written in 1601
"there is no real love in the book" "things are not always as they seem" "Love always prevails" "Hard work and determination pay off"
The author. We have every reason to believe that Shakespeare gave it that name. It has another name, "What You Will". Some people had speculated that this was the original nam…e of the play, but that someone else premiered a play called "What You Will" at the same time, and in order to distinguish them, Shakespeare called this one Twelfth Night, possibly because it was being premiered at Christmas time.
There are numerous references to Jove in Twelfth Night - Jove is an alternative name for the ancient Roman God, Jupiter. The play is set in Illyria, on the Adriatic coast, …which was part of the ancient Roman Empire.