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      • 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 1602, Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays.
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  1. Twelfth Night Summary Viola, separated from her twin Sebastian, dresses as a boy and works for the Duke Orsino, whom she falls in love with. Orsino is in love with the Countess Olivia, and sends Viola to court her for him, but Olivia falls for Viola instead. Sebastian arrives, causing a flood of mistaken identity, and marries Olivia.

  2. Twelfth Night In the kingdom of Illyria, a nobleman named Orsino lies around listening to music, pining away for the love of Lady Olivia. He cannot have her because she is in mourning for her dead brother and refuses to entertain any proposals of marriage. Meanwhile, off the coast, a storm has caused a terrible shipwreck.

  3. Act 1, scene 1 In the kingdom of Illyria, the Duke Orsino laments over his unrequited love for the Lady Olivia, who is in mourning for her brother and has refused to see anyone for seven years. Meanwhile, a ship has been wrecked by a storm off the coast, casting the young noblewoman Viola onto shore.

  4. Plot Summary Duke Orsino of Illyria is in love with Olivia, but his advances are rejected. A shipwrecked Viola arrives on his shores, and with the help of a Captain, disguises herself as a boy, calling herself Cesario, and enters Orsino’s service. Orsino takes to Cesario, and sends ‘him’ to woo Olivia for him.

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    • Analysis of Twelfth Night

    With the exception of smaller characters such as musicians, lords, officers, sailors, and attendants, there are twelve important characters in the play. 1. Duke Orsino, sometimes called "Count" of Illyria 2. Viola, later disguised as "Cesario" (a made up person) 3. Sebastian- Viola's twin brother 4. Captain, - saves Viola from shipwreck 5. Antonio-...

    Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a difficult play to summarize neatly, as there are subplots, many characters, and conflict upon conflict within the play. Despite this, the Twelfth Night plot can be oversimplified and boiled down to a few crucial moments, known as plot points. The Twelfth Nightsynopsis is as follows: 1. Viola and Sebastian are shipwr...

    Twelfth Night is a play that has been performed for nearly four centuries, and it takes more than mere entertainment to make a play such as this into a classic. There have been many speculations over the centuries about the meaning of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and there are likely to be many more in the years to come.

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