The play, which actually has the full title Twelfth Night, or What You Will, was written specifically to be performed for the twelfth night of Christmas.
To conclude, though Twelfth Night’s main plot revolves around melancholic romance, what truly makes it a comedy is the erratic mood set by sub-plots to recall that of the festival with the same name.
Shakespeare, in his play 'Twelfth Night' uses the Romantic comedy genre and it's conventions of strong themes of love and a series of obstacles and misunderstandings concluded with a harmonious union of the lovers to explore gender issues, particularly those of women in society....
Among his many plays is the notable, Twelfth Night, a romantic comedy, placed in a festive atmosphere in which three couples are brought together happily.
It is aimed at students of Shakespeare from A level or its equivalent, and onwards, including undergraduates, graduates and teachers.
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Preface to First Edition
Abbreviations and Conventions
Date and early performances
The play's sources
Imaginary geography and stage space
Puritans and clowns
Time, chance and the poetry of romance
Myths and metamorphosis
Gender, sexuality and the stage
'Autumnal' Twelfth Nights
Note on the Text
List of Characters
Twelfth Night or What You Will
It was hisjob, when it was necessary, to speak plainly to the kingand to tell him the blunt truth.In "Twelfth Night", behind all the humor, both the jester and the playtell a truth that is at once happy and sad.
Shakespeare also uses the music and poetry in Twelfth Night to foreshadow what is going to happen for the rest of the performance and to reveal major themes in the play....
However, it can be suggested that certain elements of Twelfth Night are not interpreted to be purely comedic; Shakespeare has incorporated serious and controversial subjects such as the idea of genuine love, the patriarchy of the time and the cruel gulling of Malvolio....
In the Twelfth Night, the character Duke Orsino uses flowery and over-dramatic language, long poetic sentence structure, and melodramatic metaphors to display his overemotional romantic nature despite the different emotions in his various speeches....
(The Duke's name really doesn't matter in the play,which wasn't published until the folio of 1623, and perhaps Shakespeare simplynamed the duke and the play in memory of the event.) You can read about this inLeslie Hotson's "The First Night of Twelfth Night".
"At our feast wee had a play called 'Twelve Night,or What You Will', much like the Comedy of Errores, or Menechmi in Plautus,but most like and neere to that in Italian called Inganni."If you are interested in Shakespeare's plot sources, you can startwith a book by one Barnabe Riche ("Riche His Farewell to Military Profession"),written in 1581.
Or are you faking?"("Twelfth Night" was written about the same time as "Hamlet".)The jester goes out to get the paper and ink that Malvolio hasrequested, singing a song.
In "As You Like It", we hear a song:"Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly." Pucksees the lovers and says, "What fools these mortals be!"You can catalogue the uses of the words"folly", "foolish", and so forth, in "Twelfth Night", and/orask yourself, "Is it folly to love?
It leads not to dignity or tranquility, but to loss of self-controland very likely to disaster.If you have enjoyed "Twelfth Night" and/or this page, then think aboutwhether Shakespeare is right.