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    • Viola (Cesario) The protagonist of Twelfth Night. An aristocratic woman, she is tossed up on the coast of Illyria by a shipwreck at the beginning of the play and disguises herself as the pageboy, Cesario… read analysis of Viola (Cesario)
    • Orsino. The Duke and ruler of Illyria. At the beginning of the play Orsino is obsessed by his unrequited love for Olivia . However, in the final scene, when Orsino discovers that Cesario is in fact… read analysis of Orsino.
    • Olivia. A beautiful noblewoman in Illyria. At the beginning of the play, she has rejected both Orsino and her ridiculous suitor, Sir Andrew Aguecheek. In mourning for her recently deceased brother, she has vowed not… read analysis of Olivia.
    • Sebastian. Viola's twin brother, whom she believes is lost at sea, and who likewise thinks she's dead. Sebastian is noble and capable of strong, deeply felt emotion, just like his sister.
  1. Orsino Orsino, the Duke and Count of Illyria, is a young man deeply and fashionably in love with Olivia. Her rejection of him leaves him in a deep and just as fashionable melancholy. Read more ... Sebastian Sebastian is Viola’s twin brother. After the shipwreck, he was rescued by Antonio, and spent three months in his company. Read more ... Antonio

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  4. Joseph Summers, in "The Masks of Twelfth Night," from Twentieth Century Interpretations of Shakespeare, argues that although Orsino is "A noble duke, in nature as in name" (1.2), he is bound by his Crowder 2 own mask of love. The mask is a distorted sense of love and is fed by boredom, lack of physical love, and excessive imagination (16-17).

  5. Twelfth Night William Shakespeare When Shakespeare composed Twelfth Night; or What You Will between 1600 and 1601, he used many of the characteristics common to Elizabethan romantic comedies—mistaken identity, separated twins, gender-crossing, and disguise.

  6. Image 1) Twelfth Nightposter. Folger Theatre Group, Washington, DC, 1971. Folger Shakespeare Library. Image 2) She’s the Man (2006). Directed by Andy Fickman. Dreamworks SKG, and Lakeshore Entertainment. © Dreamworks. Image 3) : Viola Allen and James Young as Violet and Sebastian in Twelfth Night. Photograph, 1904. Folger Shakespeare Library.

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