Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare Essay

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There’s nothing better than a comedy to lift your spirits up with baskets full of laughter. I like the idea of comedies when there’s a complete misunderstanding, trickery or when things go wrong. For example in one of the episodes of My Wife and Kids when a girl called Claire tells her dad that there will be photograph day in school. So she asks her dad for a massive photograph of her to put on the wall. Her dad said no. On the day of the school photograph when she woke up, her right cheek was swollen-much bigger than the other. As persuaded by her parents she reluctantly went to school. When Claire arrived home she said to her dad thanks for only buying a small picture of me otherwise it would have been a total disaster seeing myself with one big cheek. But little did she know that her dad bought a massive picture of her and put on the front of the garage for everyone to see outside.
The Elizabethans acquired certain expectations for a comedy. This included trickery, insults, jokes and puns, wordplays and misunderstandings and happy endings. These would have all been considered elements of a comedy. Shakespeare wrote a comedy called Twelfth Night because that’s the Christmas Celebration when pranks and deceptions were allowed when people were off work. However the last day 6th January was when all the decorations came down, which brought a tinge bit of sadness to the Elizabethans.
William Shakespeare employs the dramatic conventions of mistaken identity and disguise to establish humour in an example of Act 2 Scene 2 of Twelfth Night. Viola realises Olivia is in love with her “Fortune forbid my outside have not charmed her! she made good view of me, indeed so much that, me thought, her eyes had lost her tongue”. Dramatic irony is expressed in this speech. Then Shakespeare later indicates that there may be a hint of chaos by using rhyming couplets. “O time, thou must untangle this, not I; It is too hard a knot for me t’untie” This develops an atmosphere of confusion. An audience would have been aware that with time the muddle would be sorted out. The plot thickens as of the appearance of Sebastian. One scene when dramatic irony is shown to a great extent was when Antonio was captured. Antonio enraged at the fact Sebastian who he doesn’t know is Cesario (Viola) does not return his purse, cries out in incredulous anger after Cesario “hate ingratitude more in a man” than all other voices. Shakespeare uses wordplay to compare how much Antonio hates the lack of appreciation. Cesario claimed he had no such thing and is confused by the “strange speech” Antonio put on him. Antonio’s anger, due to misunderstanding turns to vehemence as Cesario denies all what he said. The audience; however due to Shakespeare’s dramatic irony are the only ones with the knowledge of what is really going on. Such a scene is not only humorous to them with the confusion of generating laughter but also makes the audience feel sorry for Antonio, who is eventually left alone...

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