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Twelfth Night; or, What You Will Twins Freaky or Fun Twelfth Night is Shakespeare s answer to that age old question.While I was listening to this, I had no idea that Viola Sebastian were twins As far as I knew, they were just siblings But, apparently, they were if I had read the blurb, I would have known this.And apparently, it was also easy to pass as a man 400 years ago I guess if Gwen could do it and still find time to write her ever practical GOOP blog , then I could too This is useful to know, in case I ever get that time machine in the basement working, and then decide to travel back to the 1600 s to trick another woman into falling in love with me Otherwise, not quite as useful Anyway So what was this one about Warning Spoilers But, realistically, I probably didn t understand what actually happened in the play anyway, so everything in this review is than likely wrong Warning Incorrect SpoilersOk, Viola Sebastian went on a Carnival Cruise Vacation.It ended badly As they typically doViola washes up on the shore of Illyria, thinking that her dear brother is lost at sea, and decides she needs to find a man She makes a deal with a Sea Witch view spoiler disguised to look like the captain of the vessel that rescued her hide spoiler Twelfth Night or, What You Will, William ShakespeareTwelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601 02 as a Twelfth Night s entertainment for the close of the Christmas season The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck Viola who is disguised as Cesario falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion, with plot elements drawn from the short story Of Apollonius and Silla by Barnabe Rich, based on a story by Matteo Bandello The first recorded performance was on 2 February 1602, at Candlemas, the formal end of Christmastide in the year s calendar The play was not published until its inclusion in the 1623 First Folio 1989 1354 110 1368 197 1390 238 9789646751521 17. 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 anyway.Throughout 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 3.4.30 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 1.4.26 27 and he changes his mind quickly If music be the food of love, play on Enough no 1.1.1 6 Meanwhile, Viola Cesario is the logical and rational She bore a mind that envy could not but call fair 2.1.28 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 measures.Like 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 2.1.24 25 , something Viola confirms with my brother know Yet living in my glass 3.4.399 400 meanwhile, Maria describes her as a fair young man, and well attended 1.5.101 102 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 quite 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 2.2.36 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 5.1.228 230 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 5.1.239 240 , 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 5.1.78 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 intact.It 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 quite close He hath known you but three days, and already you are no stranger 1.4.1 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 1.4.13 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 1.4.50 54 , he says to her note it also establishes that Viola definitely looks like a twink you re welcome In 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 2.2.33 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 2.4.17 18 is easy to read into, and Viola s subsequent 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 3.1.102 104 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 5.1.193 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, quite 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 5.1.279 280 , 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 5.1.339 340 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 queen 5.1.408 411 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 public.Shakespeare 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 Now a strange astonishing thing or two happened, off the west coast of the Balkans, Illyria in an undetermined age, aristocratic identical twins a boy and a girl well around twenty, give or take a few years were lost at sea, shipwrecked by a powerful storm Presumed drowned by the other surviving sibling, both saw their relative in an untenable situation But this being a play the twins keep on breathing reaching the beautiful, dry, glorious beach with separate help from out of the blue, the ship s kind sea captain and an infamous pirate , miracles do occur sometimes Nevertheless, unknown to the grieving duo For some reason they changed their names on land, Sebastian becomes Roderigo and his sister Viola much drastically a man, Cesario wearing men s clothes, a pretty boy she is too a rose by any other name would smell as sweet She He, starts working for the local Duke Orsino, who loves another person of noble blood , Countess Olivia But the lady is grieving for a recently deceased beloved brother and is in no mood for romance, besides the Duke doesn t appeal to her sad soul Olivia needs a year to mourn the lady tells the passionate, impatient Duke And Olivia has a secret crush on his messenger Cesario, Orsino is a very jealous, fierce man, who likes to duel he also after just a few days becomes very fond of his new, sweet servant Now the distraught Countess, in her mansion has her drunken uncle living with her, a big headache Sir Toby, imbibing all night long coming home in a boisterous condition out of control, waking up the whole household with his cowardly young friend, Sir Andrew What can Olivia do, he s a relative And Sir Andrew wants to marry the countess too and has given money to her impecunious uncle Another member of her entourage is her late father s jester The Fool also called Feste, acting silly is his job and does it very well but The Fool is the smartest one around Witty comments are his specialty Still the head of her servants stern Malvolio, hated by the rest rules with an iron hand, except Sir Toby the noble family is above him But the lackeys are restless and want revenge More trouble for Lady Olivia, she falls in desperate love with the disguised Viola as Cesario, who becomes very uneasy And when Sebastian finally arrives in town people speak to the visitor, as if they recognize him The twin feels quite confused agitated, is he or these strangers mad Even Sir Andrew and Sir Toby, take their swords out to fight the supposedly timid Cesario , who is not his sister and knows how to duel A surprise ensues for the not too brave pair Another splendid fun play , from the incomparable master William Shakespeare enough said or written. Twelfth night is probably the most well rounded of all the Shakespearean comedies I have read so far, both for its structure and thematic scope, which is close to the darkest side of his best tragedies Evading the somewhat shallow hedonism of his earlier comedies, the perplexed reader encounters a play that is opened with a shipwreck on the coast of the fictional town of Illyria The twins Viola and Sebastian were onboard of the crashed vessel but they lose sight of each other amidst the chaos and they both assume the other is dead A chain of improbable events lead to several impersonations and mistaken identities that involve gender and class transformation, setting Viola as a male servant in the court of the Duke of Orsino who is vainly fixated on the damsel Olivia, whose grief for her lost brother prevents her from reciprocating the Duke s passion Against all predictions, Viola becomes the Duke s confidant and slowly conquers not only his heart but also Olivia s, giving way to a jocular situation that is impossible to argue with logic as seen in Orsino s frustrated lament One face, one voice, one habit, and two persons A natural perspective, that is, and is not Act V, scene 2.The action of this play is somewhat fragmented and the characters seem to act merely on impulse that trait alone presents quite a contrast to the deliberation displayed by the most iconic protagonists of the Bard s oeuvre The main attraction of this comedy shouldn t be expected in the parallel plots or in the tangled web of misplaced identities that defy gender bias and preconceived ideas about sexual orientation, heartbreak, grief or mockery instead, it is to be found in the musicality of the language that shines brightly in Orsino s interventions and the Fool s sagacious interludes The riotous undertone of this wild play appeals to the contradictions that we all carry inside us, which keep us awake at night, tossing and turning, wondering what it is that we expect from life, of the yearning to love and be loved, but mainly of the hidden desires that we do not dare to bring to the surface, which Shakespeare did never avoid He challenges us to be courageous and face them, and make of our next step what we will. 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. La Nuit des rois WikipdiaTwelfth Night WikipediaTwelfth Night or What You WillIMDb In Twelfth Night, the character of Orsino is several years older than Viola However, at the time of this movie s release, Imogen Stubbs Viola was thirty five eight years older than Toby Stephens Orsino , who was twenty seven Twelfth Night play by Shakespeare Britannica Twelfth Night, in full Twelfth Night or, What You Will, comedy in five acts by William Shakespeare, written about and printed in the First Folio offrom a transcript of an authorial draft or possibly a Twelfth Night Entire Play William Shakespeare Twelfth Night Shakespeare homepage Twelfth Night Entire play ACT I SCENE I DUKE ORSINO s palace Enter DUKE ORSINO, CURIO, and other Lords Musicians attending DUKE ORSINO If music be the food of love, play on Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die That strain again it had a dying fall O, it came o er my ear like the sweet sound, That breathes uponTwelfth Night, or What You Will FULL MOVIETwelfth Night, or What You Will full Movie Watch Online Twelfth Night, or What You Will full English Full Movie Twelfth Night, or What You Will full Full Movie, Twelfth Night holiday Wikipedia From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Twelfth Night also known as Epiphany Eve is a festival in some branches of Christianity that takes place on the last night of the Twelve Days of Christmas, marking the coming of the Epiphany Twelfth Night Study Guide SparkNotes The tale of a young woman who disguises herself as a man and becomes entangled in the courtship of two local aristocrats upends conventions of romance and gender roles First staged in , Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare s most performed plays Read a character analysis of Viola, plot summary, and important quotes Twelfth Night or What You Will Full Movie YouTube Twelfth Night or What You Will 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 who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by. Reading Shakespeare is almost like going down into the basement of literature and examining the foundations So often I find the origins of what has become trite and overdone, and yet Shakespeare was the fountain from which so much springs This is especially true of Twelfth Night, it is apparent that so many comedies and romances over the centuries were heavily influenced by this play Very entertaining. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them This was fun The thing is that comedies are always fun on a stage Ultimately, so are tragedies.Shakespeare created a hilarious story of love, confusion and foolishness There is a lot of genderbending and cross dressing and homosexualitating yes, I know that is not a word Quite a queer tale And in the end, everything and everybody is set straight and does not marry below their own station A bit of a let down if you ask me Especially because this is not exactly how I imagine true love to be, but oh my, sometimes we can lean back and simply enjoy ourselves.I must admit that I liked A Midsummer Night s Dream better However, I m biased since I was part of a production of this play I also like Richard II better, because I knew about its cultural context and enjoyed the relationship between Shakespeare s Richard and the actual living and breathing and long dead king.Find of my books on Instagram

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