Twelfth Night

The play I chose to watch was The Twelfth Night performed by Polk State College in 2016. Overall, I was very impressed with the performance. What I enjoyed the most about this performance is the music. It added a nice touch to the play. The thing I did not enjoy was the wardrobe. They chose…

Does love make people blind?

Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, is a lighthearted and crazy play that provokes the question, does love make people blind? This question can be asked in many different contexts, whether it is serious, comedic, or causal. Shakespeare combines humor, confusion, and poetic language to paint the characters views on love. Antonio is one example of…

The Chaos of the Twelfth Night in the Twelfth Night

  The Chaos of the Twelfth Night in the Twelfth Night Men and women familiar with the popular Christmas carol, “the Twelve Days of Christmas,” might not be aware of the actual meaning of the verse. The Twelve Days make reference to the Anglican and Protestant seasons of Christmastide, which last from Christmas day to…

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is an interesting fast paced play that involves love and disguise. I would like to focus in on Viola as a character and her love interest in Orsino. Viola disguises herself as Cesario and in doing so she ends up working for Orsino. Orsino at the beginning of the play is hopelessly in…

Gender in Twelfth Night

One of the main themes in William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night is Gender, or the uncertainty thereof. Viola’s choice to masquerade as a man produces a sexual or romantic fiasco. Obviously, Viola falls in love with her employer, Orsino, who is in love with Olivia, who is in love with “Cesario” aka Viola. But of…

Wait, He’s a Women?

Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s comedies in which a female character, Viola, disguises herself as a man. The play is a mess of lovers who don’t really know who they are falling in love with. Throughout the whole play, Viola is in love with a man named Orsino. However, she cannot tell him this…

The Curse Known as Love

Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night, opens with Orsino stating, “If music be the food of love, play on / Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, / The appetite may sicken and so die.” (I.i.1-3). Right out of the gates, an obsession with love is expressed. Orsino craves love, and desperately needs to quench his thirst….

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a brilliant comedy by the ever-great William Shakespeare. As good as the comedy is, I believe it’s the characters that make the play truly special. There are no special or extra elements that influence this play such as with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The characters and their relationships and actions make this…

Contempt or Sympathy?

            At first glance, Malvolio is a character easy to feel no sympathy for and perhaps even despise. A steward for Countess Olivia, he is shown to be uptight and pompous, and it is widely speculated he is meant to symbolize the growing puritan movement during Shakespeare’s time. This is even hinted at during…

Twelfth Night: Breaking Societal Barriers in a Medieval Universe

“ If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.” This is a quote from one of Olivia’s household members, whose name is Fabian. To quickly sum up Twelfth night, It begins with Viola is shipwrecked onto the land of Illyria due to a hazardous storm out on…

No Scrubs

As the great Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas once sang, “a scrub is a guy that think he’s fine and is also known as a buster.” I believe that Olivia, if she were real and lived in the 21st century, would realize just how many scrubs she has in her household. Throughout the entirety of Twelfth Night,…

Twelfth Night’s Protagonist: A Woman in Men’s Clothing

William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night revolves around the theme of deception.  Whether through deliberate trickery or unintentional confusion, every character either misleads or is misled in matters of identity and motivation.  The character most reluctantly entrenched in this practice is Viola, a woman who disguises herself as a man. From this position, she inadvertently effects…