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      • Shakespeare titled his play Twelfth Night because it was written as a celebration of the twelfth night of Christmas. This was the last night of the Christmas season, sometimes called the Eve of Epiphany.
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  2. Jul 19, 2022 · William Shakespeare wrote his play Twelfth Night as a comedic view of love, deceit, revenge, and social order. The story follows the protagonist Viola who, after being rescued from a sea wreck, assumes her brother's identity to gain employment.

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    Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night recounts the reunion of twins Sebastian and Viola while also questioning how people identify themselves when faced with an identity crisis. During the period when Shakespeare wrote this play, England was ruled by Queen Elizabeth, and social class and standing were extremely important in determining the quality of ...

    When the play begins, in Act I Scene II, Viola does not hesitate to ask the Captain to help her disguise herself as a man because she decided to act on her desire to become a male. Presumably, Viola had not cross-dressed before; therefore, it makes one wonder why she would readily choose to do something so risky, knowing there would be inevitable c...

    Similarly, Sebastian’s identity issues are linked to Viola’s issues not only physically but also mentally. Viola’s ambition to become a man ultimately puts Sebastian in the position to marry Olivia; however, in Act IV, Scene II, Sebastian makes several statements of his inability to believe the situation and yet, in the same scene, he still consent...

    Viola and Sebastian’s failure to obtain their own desires leaves them with no choice but to help the other achieve those desires. Viola’s male disguise and possible homosexuality and Sebastian’s inability to successfully woo Olivia on his own are the basis for each twin to help the other accomplish what they are unable to do alone. Literary critic ...

    Lindheim, Nancy. “Rethinking Sexuality and Class in ‘Twelfth Night.” University of Toronto Quarterly. Spring 2007, vol. 76. Issue 2, p679-713. Penuel, Suzanne. “Missing Fathers: Twelfth Night and the Reformation of Mourning.” Studies in Philology. Winter 2010, Vol. 107. Issue 1. P74-96. Pittman, Monique. “Dressing the Girl/Playing the Boy: ‘Twelfth...

  3. Jul 19, 2022 · Why did Shakespeare title his play Twelfth Night? 5 Educator answers. Twelfth Night. Latest answer posted February 03, 2016 at 11:21:38 PM

  4. Jul 31, 2022 · William Shakespeare ( bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) [a] was an English playwright, poet and actor. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist. [2] [3] [4] He is often called England's national poet and the " Bard of Avon" (or simply "the Bard").

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    In many Western ecclesiastical traditions, Christmas Day is considered the "First Day of Christmas" and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January, inclusive, making Twelfth Night on 5 January, which is Epiphany Eve. In some customs, the Twelve Days of Christmas are counted from sundown on the evening of 25 December until the morning of 6 January,...

    In 567, the Council of Tours "proclaimed the twelve days from Christmas to Epiphany as a sacred and festive season, and established the duty of Advent fasting in preparation for the feast."Christopher Hill, as well as William J. Federer, states that this was done to solve the "administrative problem for the Roman Empire as it tried to coordinate th...

    It is unknown whether Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, or What You Will was written to be performed as a Twelfth Night entertainment, since there is no record of the circumstances of its composition. The earliest known performance took place at Middle Temple Hall, one of the Inns of Court, on Candlemas night, 2 February 1602. The play has many ele...

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    Epiphany on Catholic Encyclopedia
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