Or Critically comment on Twelfth Night as a romantic comedy. Among them are Sean Hudock Sebastian , Louis Butelli Feste the fool , Jay Russell Malvolio, Timonthy Carter Sir Toby , Rodney Clark Antonio , Tony DiBuono Maria , and Billy Finn Sir Andrew. The role of fools — Feste and Sir Andrew A predominant figure of comedy is the fool. Shakespeare has carefully intertwined comedy and pain in both the main and the sub plots to highlight the comedy and explore the social themes, and in the film, this light and shadow is retained as well. Meanwhile, off the coast, a storm has caused a terrible s … hipwreck. In this way,the theme of love makes the more romantic. It is set on a remote island of the coast of Ireland.
In another useful improbability, we find that, after only three days, Cesario has become a great favorite of the duke. Sir Toby spends the whole scene manipulating the actions, firstly of Malvolio because of the letter he dropped in his way and the fact that he is given the task of looking after him, and then, more directly, of Sir Andrew. This combination of intellect, humor and subtlety effectively conveys the themes of Twelfth Night, rather than a cruel, crude, unreservedly humorous character that would be not nearly as potent. There is no one plot in the play but two plots. It is usually a dramatic work that is light, and often satirical in tone.
Olivia enters amid the confusion. He wrote various genres, but the common types he wrote were: Tragedies, Comedies, and Histories. Orsino is furious, but then Sebastian himself appears on the scene, and all is revealed. In this way, the treatment of this theme makes the play even more romantic. While some may think that Malvolio is essentially a moral and just person, this can be disproved by shedding more light on his less-honourable practices, like his abuse of power. If so, why might Shakespeare have included it? Instead of simply playing this gender-bending comedy of mistaken identity, the director highlights the dark undertones of the plot which show surprising depth.
The scene is made dramatic in various ways. Yes, both unrequited love and mistaken identity are key plot elements in Twelfth Night. On the other hand, the sub-plot is entirely comic. Though primarily a farcical tale of confused romance, mistaken identity and sexual politics, the play also includes a sub-plot in which a character is humiliated, imprisoned as a lunatic and released to vow his revenge on his persecutors. Sebastian and Antonio quickly become the best of friends, Antonio lending Sebastian a purse and ultimately stepping into a fight when he thinks Sebastian is in danger. Her strong qualities of being direct, honest and friendly allow her to form close relationships… The play Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare is a comedy with the ongoing theme of love.
However, the audience is always aware of the truth we know that Sir Andrew is being used by Sir Toby, that Cesario is a woman, that Malvolio is being fooled. However, revelation of the characters are not confined to the first act alone. Sir Toby and Sir Andrew would have been marvelously enjoyed by Shakespearean audiences as they are today. Twelfth Night opens with a scene alluded to, but never presented in the original text. Whereas by the end, they are happily united with their lovers. He is only mildly elevated above the other incompetent suitor, Andrew Aguecheek, and can be read and played as equally ridiculous: he languishes in his own supposed adoration of Olivia, employing hyperbolic language to describe a woman that, given her state of mourning, in the constructed world of the play, he cannot have seen, let alone spoken to, for many months.
Twelfth Night, like all Shakespearean comedies is largely about social concerns. While Twelfth Night, thankfully, leaves a pile of happily married couples onstage, I was thrilled to re discover that Twelfth Night and Hamlet were quite possibly written at roughly the same time, somewhere near the turn of the 17th century 1600. At what point does complaining about disappointed love become narcissistic or self-centered? Thus music does much to heighten the romantic atmosphere of the comedy. Maria takes advantage of these designs, writing a letter to Malvolio, pretending to be Olivia, that says she wishes to marry him. Malvolio and Feste are typical examples of characters that are seen as comic, yet when looking beyond these superficialities, we see a far more important role of their character in the play. Also Elizabethans expected in their romantic comedies certain characters and situations and a certain kind of plot development: the chief element and central motive was love; the heroine was frequently disguised as a man through part of the play, thus providing opportunities for comic misunderstanding; and comedy was also provided by the wit of the heroine herself, who was always more clever than the men in the play.
The story was further complicated when, at the near end of the play, Sebastian surfaced to have survived the shipwreck. Instead we hope this guide will provide a springboard to help you plan, and to get you and your students thinking about the text in more detail. Moreover, several situations in this play are highly improbable. The Merchant of Venice, romantic comedy that it is, has been most popular, both with audiences and actors. Central to its design is a series of tangled love interests Orsino loves Olivia, Olivia loves Cesario and then Sebastian, Viola loves Orsino, Sir Andrew and Malvolio love Olivia ; disguise the plot hinges on Viola's dressing as a male servant in order to survive after being shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria ; mistaken identities Viola and Sebastian are twins so alike that no-one can tell them apart ; trickery and tomfoolery; the lavish use of singing and dancing; the ridiculing of hypocrisy, excess and affectation; the temporary domination of chaos and misrule; and an ending where all confusion is resolved and three marriages take place.
Sir Andrew is very proud of the challenge so it is funny to see how he takes it so seriously even when the other characters are mocking his prose behind his back by using asides and whispers to each other. Apolonius and Silla gave the Twelfth Night its concept of a lady disguised as a boy. Moreover, his fickleness, evident in his opening speech when he moves between demanding music in 'excess' and then suddenly commanding 'Enough! 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. The Twelfth Night: The Comedy, The Deception and The Drama Perhaps among the greatest works of literature contributed by William Shakespeare to mankind would include the comedy The Twelfth Night. The title suggests that it was at Twelfth Night or Epiphany which falls on January 6.