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summary Twelfth Night; or, What You Will ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ The Arden Shakespeare is the established edition of Shakespeare's work Justly celebrated for its authoritative scholarship and invaluable commentary Arden guides you a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's playsThis editioOn the same page as the text a full introduction discussing the critical and historical background to the play and appendices presenting sources and relevant extrac. Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Twelfth Night a comedy written in 1601 by William Shakespeare There are reviews written about Shakespeare than either of us know what to do with on over or about So you're not getting a review from me What I will say is the following Love him or not the man can create brilliant plots and characters Twins Mistaken identities Tomfoolery Witchcraft A chain of who's on first when it comes to which character is in love with which other character Confusion knows no bounds here But I love it It's hilarious If you're not used to Shakespeare's style and rhythm this wouldn't be the first play of his I'd recommend Or if you really want to read this one you might want to watch a film version first just to get the plot down as it's convoluted than any soap opera out there And I should know I've watched nearly all of them It's got a little bit of everything but if you can see it happen first then read it it'll come across even better as you can concentrate on the words and images that come to mind rather than trying to comprehend which person is in which disguise when they are talking I have to imagine he talked to himself a lot when writing this one adding voices and different character attributes to even be sure he understood what he had going on About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

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This is my favorite ridiculous show and so I'm beginning this with a chart pink marriage blue crush on green flirts withSo yeah this is a really really funny play and a play with a lot of good puns etc etc etc and it is for that reason that it is entertaining But this show is compelling for some deeper reasons Here I will insert several bits of my eight page essay on gender and sexuality in Twelfth Night an essay that got embarrassingly long Throughout Twelfth Night Shakespeare plays with the idea of both gender and romance as roles we perform and with love as something beyond gender or sexuality Beginning with lead character Viola transforming herself into Cesario the show delves into issues of gender as a performed role and romance as another performed role a tool for status gain Characters desire each other for outside appearance or for status rather than for love Viola’s transformation of gender allows her to take on a freer ‘role’ in the world a role which at once suits her and forces her to hide Yet Orsino wants her as both a maid and a man — in other words he loves her for who she is By consciously breaking gender roles Shakespeare concludes that gender and love are primarily performance yet gives his characters some intimacy anywayThroughout Twelfth Night characters break their gendered ‘roles’ in society with women coming off as powerful and men coming off as incompetent Despite Orsino’s claims about the “weak nature” 3430 of women it is not women who are weak within the play Maria is bold and conniving and Olivia consistently resists the romantic role she is placed into by Orsino Orsino is perhaps one of the most passionate characters in the play in his love for Olivia — “O then unfold the passion of my love Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith” 1426 27 — and he changes his mind uickly — “If music be the food of love play on Enough; no ” 111 6 Meanwhile ViolaCesario is the logical and rational “She bore a mind that envy could not but call fair” 2128 29 Sebastian says of her This contrast between the romantic changeable Orsino and the strong confident in her choices Viola is a direct inversion of societal sexism a humanizing of women that is revolutionary in merit Yet despite their personal breaks in role each character is still playing a part dictated by gender Women in the play cannot always express their freedom; Olivia for example is looked at as a romantic object by Orsino and Maria by Toby Only one female character manages to fully escape this and she takes somewhat extreme measuresLike a role in a drama Viola's gender identity is simply a matter of outer appearance Yet over time we notice that Cesario’s character is convincing enough to others that she is hardly criticized Sebastian says of her “it was said she much resembled me” 2124 25 something Viola confirms with “my brother know Yet living in my glass” 34399 400; meanwhile Maria describes her as “a fair young man and well attended” 15101 102 It is here that the play’s tension appears where does the character start and Viola begin Viola as Cesario is often described via metaphors and similes; no one can uite pin her down Indeed as the play continues Viola seems to take on the role of both a maid and a man In early stages of the show she refers to herself thusly — “As I am man My state is desperate for my master’s love As I am woman now alas the day” 2236 38 But even upon the unveiling of her womanhood the duality of her nature is clearly stated — “Nor are you therein by my life deceived You are betrothed both to a maid and man” 51228 230 Within these lines Shakespeare puts Viola in the liminal space between gender allowing her a role in the world in which her personality supersedes her gender Viola performs the role of a man and thus she is a man When Sebastian and Viola are finally reunited the situation calls for Sebastian to refer to his sister in the past tense Yet metaphorically there is perhaps some truth to this past tense gendering “I had a sister Whom the blind waves and surges have devoured” 51239 240 Sebastian tells the audience Maybe indeed Viola and Cesario have become one and the same Yet through her disguise Viola is also put into a position where she cannot be loved for her true personhood a position many other characters share Within Twelfth Night disguise and failed honesty both ruin and form relationships Malvolio’s disguise taken on to make Olivia fall in love with him backfires entirely leading him to be interred in the dungeons Meanwhile Sir Toby and Maria’s relationship is based around their role in humiliating another with very little human connection; Maria like Malvolio simply desires her chosen lover to boost her status Indeed perhaps the biggest tragedy of the play then is that Olivia does in fact end up with someone she knows only from the outside She has fallen for Cesario’s ‘outside’ yes but she has also fallen for her clever lines and flirtatiousness And yet by chance she has married the wrong person someone of whom she knows nothing but outer character Sebastian in a similar fashion has married someone he barely knows and in so doing rejected another who clearly cares for him In the face of Antonio’s sacrifices — “His life I gave him and did thereto add My love without retention or restraint All his in dedication For his sake Did I expose myself pure for his love” 5178 82 — the love of someone Sebastian has met only lines earlier pales Honest love has not come about for Olivia Sebastian Malvolio Antonio or Maria their disguises have stayed intactIt is only in the relationship between Orsino and Viola that love occurs on a true basis of personal knowledge transversing heteronormative romantic boundaries note this line inspired one of my teachers to ask how I learned the word heteronormative which is deeply hilarious Orsino begins the play in a role that of a lovesick teenger for an unnatainable girl; it is only through the love of someone he actually knows that he breaks out of his role The relationship between Orsino and Viola relationship is clearly romantic before Viola is shown to be a woman The first scene we see of Cesario and Orsino begins with a brief speech from Valentine in which he establishes their relationship has already become uite close “He hath known you but three days and already you are no stranger” 141 4 It is Orsino’s words themselves however that best indicate romantic tension towards Viola “Cesario Thou know’st no less but all I have unclasped To thee the book even of my secret soul” 1413 15 Perhaps importantly it is clearly established he is attracted to her even in believing her to be a man — “Diana’s lip Is not smooth and rubious thy small pipe Is as the maiden’s organ shrill and sound And all is semblative a womans part” 1450 54 he says to her note it also establishes that Viola definitely looks like a twink you're welcomeIn strong contrast to Olivia’s love for Viola and Orsino’s love for Olivia Orsino is someone Viola knows The challenge here thus is not a lack of connection but a lack of ability to be together as two men “I poor monster fond as much on him” 2233 34 Viola says of herself self deprecating on her state of desire for Orsino; she knows her desire cannot be while she plays the role of a man Their relationship does not lose sexual tension throughout the show either Orsino’s direction to Viola to “If ever thou shalt love In the sweet pangs of it remember me” 2417 18 is easy to read into and Viola’s subseuent discussion of her sister’s feelings for a man are hard to stage as anything but a sexually tense scene A clever bit of wordplay a scene later uses servanthood as something sexually driven sexualizing Viola’s relationship with Orsino “You’re servant to the Count Orsino youth” “And he is yours and his must needs be yours Your servant’s servant is your servant madam” 31102 104 Here Viola uses ‘servant’ to denote both her own servitude and Orsino’s love for Olivia establishing the term as something of a romantic innuendo as it was commonly used Even when confronted by accusations about Cesario Orsino calls him his own “my gentleman Cesario” 51193 There is a moment of change in the play where Orsino discovers that Cesario is also Viola and we as the audience have an expectation of how this will play out — in the 2005 reimagination She’s the Man for example Orsino is horrified by Viola’s identity as a woman and romantic tension with him and must take a week to process her true self In contrast the play’s Orsino proposes to Cesario only minutes after discovering her identity Their relationship is now uite suddenly to Orsino permitted no longer taboo; thus the play implies that the only obstacle to their romance has been societal judgement around Cesario’s outer presentation rather than Orsino’s feelings towards her Notably Orsino in proposing does not attempt to put Viola into the box of womanhood He calls Viola boy even in asking her to marry him — “Boy thou hast said to me a thousand times Thou never shouldst love woman like to me” 51279 280 his declaration begins also implying that their conversations have gotten intimate shall we say previous to this revelation He then proposes thusly “And since you called me “master” for so long Here is my hand You shall from this time be Your master’s mistress” 51339 340 “—Cesario come For so you shall be while you are a man But when in other habits you are seen Orsino’s mistress and his fancy’s ueen” 51408 411 Even with Viola’s role exposed he still sees her as inhabiting the liminal space between gender; he has not changed his recognition of her personhood In other words he loves her for who she is beyond the performed roles of manhood or womanhood — it is simply that her new role as a woman allows their relationship to progress in publicShakespeare is not a playwright averse to situations of gender confusion — his plays As You Like It The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona all play with crossdressing in some way Yet this play specifically establishes love as something beyond gender done for personality and not fitting into heteronormative ideals In ending his show with Orsino and Viola marrying Shakespeare comes the closest possible to allowing two men to form a relationship on stage While few truly romantic couples actually end up together within the show the subtext of the play is clear good love is love that sees beyond the outside to the heart Hope you enjoyed this sappy essay Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

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Twelfth Night; or What You WillU a richer understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's playsThis edition of Twelfth Night provides a clear and authoritative text detailed notes and commentary. The treatment of Malvolio is a little too cruel Belch and Aguecheek are a little too coarse and the resolution is a little too abrupt and so this excellent Shakespearean comedy falls a little short of perfection Still the poetry about music and the songs themselves are wonderful Viola and Orsino are charming and Feste is the wisest and best of clowns