Twelfth Night Response
William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy in which the basis of the comedy is love, suffering, misunderstandings, confusion, mistaken identities and sexual ambiguity. It tells the story of twin brother and sister who were shipwrecked and separated in the kingdom of Illyria; and the misunderstandings that occur in their attempt to discover each other's fate. In the midst of this, the romantic advances of a local nobleman, named Orsino, toward a young widow, Olivia, are being disrupted not only by her refusal to respond, but by his confused feelings toward his new male page Cesario. The page is actually the female twin, Viola, in disguise and adding to the situation is the fact that the young widow also becomes attracted to the page. When the male twin, named Sebastian, arrives and is mistaken for the page Cesario, even more confusion erupts. But in the end the misunderstandings are resolved, the identities revealed and everyone lives happily ever after.
One of the dominant themes of the play is the idea that love can be the source of suffering. Olivia's refusal of Orsino romantic advances causes him much consternation, while Malvolio, who is also in love with Olivia, is tricked into believing that she is in love with him and made to act the fool. One of life's ironies is the fact that in real life love can often be the source of as much pain and misery as joy and Shakespeare wanted to use love in this manner as a source...
Throughout the entire play Orsino constantly proclaims his love for the Lady Olivia, while at the same time he is attracted to his male page, Cesario. Shakespeare uses the ploy of a female in the guise of a male to entice his character into having homo-erotic feelings, and thus reveals Orsino's sexual ambiguity.
It is also part of the play's nature to have two of the characters, Orsino and Olivia, suffering from similar romantic afflictions. Olivia claims to love Orsino but the arrival of Cesario causes a shift in her affections. Like Orsino, she instantly is attracted to the young page and ultimately wants to marry him. And similarly to Orsino, she is really engaged in a homo-erotic relationship as the page is actually a woman who is disguised as a man.
The concept of mistaken identities as the source of humorous comedy has been a major theme in English literature and one that is used by Shakespeare to much advantage. While Viola is disguised as Cesario, her twin brother Sebastian arrives in Illyria to be mistaken for his disguised sister. The confusion eventually leads the Lady Olivia to marry Sebastian, believing that he is…
12th Night Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Discussing a Comedy The great bard's works are always full of surprises, but nothing surpasses his comedies. The Twelfth Night, perhaps one of my most favorite plays, is a fantastic comedy that Shakespeare wrote to explore life's greatest emotions, love, loss, and laughter. This paper will discuss the plot of the play, as well as the genre. Perhaps one of the reasons that this is such a great piece
He also voted several times in favor of the Wilmot Proviso, that would prohibit slavery in any territory that was acquired from Mexico, siding with the majority in the Whig House of Representatives (McPherson). However, Lincoln's opposition to the Mexican War was not popular in Illinois. Democratic newspapers dubbed him 'Spotty Lincoln', and indicated that he had committed political suicide with musings such as "What an epitaph: 'Died of Spotted Fever'"
Kent on the other hand cannot prevent himself from gazing again and again at the man's scar and making all sorts of stupid remarks. He also fails to stop the sailor from controlling him and he is absorbed by -- enslaved to -- his superstitions: This was the real Man with the Gash, the man who had so often robbed him in the spirit. This, then, was the embodied entity of
The Electoral College could easily lead to the election of a President that does not have the popular support of the entire nation (Amar pp). Moreover, many believe that the clauses of the U.S. Constitution that provide for the electoral system should be removed before the country elects a candidate despite the fact that another candidate received more votes (Amar pp). Today, technology allows for an informed national electorate as
This, he says, is a big challenge considering the fact that all team members along with the top management come from different cultural backgrounds. Polley and Ribbens (1998) in their pioneering research assert that team wellness has got to be tackled in order to create high performance teams. The challenges that need to be over come have been thoroughly researched. The most commonly found problems are: lack of commitment and
Fitzgerald contrast Americans and Europeans. The characters and the development of events in Tender is the Night are strongly influenced by the historic period the author along with the whole world were going through. Fitzgerald's own experience of living in Europe after the First World War along with his concerns and the problems he encountered as an expat find their echo in the novel. The relationship between the Americans and the