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  1. The play “Twelfth Night” was composed by William Shakespeare in either 1600 or 1601. It was first performed on February 2nd, 1602. It is a romantic comedy based on five acts.

  2. Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–1602 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian , who are separated in a shipwreck.

  3. Get all the key plot points of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night on one page. From the creators of SparkNotes.

  4. Olivia is a fictional character from William Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, believed to have been written around 1600 or 1601.She is at the centre of the various plots, both the comedic and the romantic.

  5. Malvolio initially seems to be a minor character, and his humiliation seems little more than an amusing subplot to the Viola-Olivia-Orsino- love triangle. But he becomes more interesting as the play progresses, and most critics have judged him one of the most complex and fascinating characters in Twelfth Night.

  6. Twelfth Night, as with many of Shakespeare's comedies, employs cross-dressing as a narrative technique. When Viola disguises her identity, the situation creates a sexual mess: she falls in love with Orsino but cannot tell him, because he thinks she is a man, while Olivia, the object of Orsino’s affection, falls for Viola in her guise as Cesario.

  7. By staging this moment between the main characters as just a fleeting interruption of the low characters, Shakespeare inverts the priority of the two plots—a switch-up that echoes the switch-ups of servants and nobles that traditionally occurred during the Twelfth Night holiday.

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