First staged in 1602, Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays. Read a character analysis of Viola, ... symbols, and more. Themes; Motifs ;
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.
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Twelfth Night is sometimes called a "transvestite comedy" for the obvious reason that its central character is a young woman, Viola, who disguises herself as a pageboy, Cesario. In Shakespeare's time, Viola's part, like all the parts in Twelfth Night, would have been played by a man, because women were not allowed to act. So, originally ...
Henry VI part II is the first of three Shakespeare plays based on the life and events of King Henry the VI. Set in 15 th century England against the backdrop of the famous dynastic ‘war of the roses’ it dramatizes the struggle for the English throne fought between the houses of Lancaster and the house of York.
For example in "Much Ado About Nothing," Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to make Benedick look foolish when he assumes Beatrice doesn't recognize him in his mask. Similarly, in "Twelfth Night," Viola dresses in disguise to try to win Olivia for Duke Orsino. In reality, the audience knows that Viola wants to marry Duke Orsino.
Iago, the antagonist of the play, interrupted the play by convincing Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful. The main themes of the play include love, an inconsistency of the military heroism, and fear of isolation. The symbols of the play are the handkerchief, and the song “willow”. Othello by William Shakespeare Summary