Shakespeare | Twelfth Night | A Review


Shakespeare | Twelfth Night | A Review

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare ‘Twelfth Night’-A Review

Twelfth Night is a comedic play written by William Shakespeare that was first performed in 1602. The play is set in the fictional land of Illyria, and it centers around the love triangle between Countess Olivia, Duke Orsino, and a shipwrecked woman named Viola, who disguises herself as a man named Cesario. Twelfth Night is often considered one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies, and it has been adapted numerous times in various forms of media over the years.

The play begins with a shipwreck off the coast of Illyria, in which Viola is separated from her twin brother, Sebastian. Believing her brother to be dead, Viola disguises herself as a man and takes on the name Cesario. She becomes the servant of Duke Orsino, who is in love with Countess Olivia. Orsino sends Cesario to woo Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia becomes enamored with Cesario instead. Meanwhile, Viola/Cesario falls in love with Orsino, creating a complicated love triangle.

The play also features a subplot involving Olivia’s uncle, Sir Toby Belch, and his friends, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Maria, Olivia’s lady-in-waiting. They conspire to trick Olivia’s pompous steward, Malvolio, into thinking that Olivia is in love with him, leading to a series of comedic misunderstandings.

One of the strengths of Twelfth Night is its ability to blend humor and pathos. The play is filled with comedic moments, such as the antics of Sir Toby and his companions, as well as the foolishness of Malvolio. However, it also has moments of sadness and longing, particularly in the unrequited love of Orsino and the longing of Viola to be with her brother again.

Another strength of the play is its memorable characters. Each character is well-drawn and distinct, from the melancholic Orsino to the mischievous Sir Toby to the self-important Malvolio. The character of Viola/Cesario is particularly noteworthy, as she must navigate the complexities of her disguised identity while also dealing with her own feelings of love and loss.

The play’s themes of love, desire, and identity are still relevant today, and Twelfth Night continues to be a popular play for adaptations and productions. It has been adapted into numerous films, including the 1996 film starring Helena Bonham Carter and the 2018 film directed by Claire McCarthy. It has also been adapted into musicals, operas, and even a video game.

Overall, Twelfth Night is a witty, engaging play that showcases Shakespeare’s talents as both a comedic and dramatic writer. Its memorable characters, humorous plot, and themes of love and identity make it a timeless work of literature. 0 0 0.


N. B. This article ‘Shakespeare | Twelfth Night | A Review’ originally belongs to the book ‘Reviews on William Shakespeare’s Works‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

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