William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Essay

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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

The final act is a simple scene in this romantic Shakesperian comedy.
It brings together all the threads of the storyline the plots,
mistakes and confusions. It shows Cesario (Viola) being accused of
deception, lies and acts of violence by a number of others including
Orsino, Olivia, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Antonio.

The scene is set outside Olivia's house. It begins with Feste (the
fool) and Fabian negotiating with each other over Fabian being allowed
to see the letter.

The arrival of Orsino with his entourage including Cesario (viola).
Allows the audience to observe the Duke is expressing his frustration
with the lack of progress in his efforts to win over Olivia. He
engages Feste and Fabian to bring Olivia to him. Feste gestures and
asks Orsino to make it worth his while. (The audience may be
encouraged to believe that people are not always helpful but selfish
and greedy when Feste wanted a payment for assisting him.

Olivia then enters the stage, Orsino turning his attention to her
follows her arrival and speaking plainly for the first time, he
declares his love for her. Olivia speaks plainly to Orsino rejecting
him. They argue. "What to Perverseness? You uncivil woman to whose
ingrate and nauspicios alters my soul. The faithfulls't off' rings
hath breathed out that e'er devation tennderol". The audience watches
as Orsino shows his anger through his body language and gestures. The
audience is anticipating his reaction to this disclosure.

The Duke then turns to leave followed by Cesario (Viola), he cannot
cope with the humiliation of rejection. The audience observe Olivia
watching as Cesario (Viola) begins to walk away she shows that she is
shocked and questions Cesario (viola) as Cesario declares his love of
Orsino. Olivia says "Ay me detested! How am I beguiled? Tempers flare
and the tension mounts. Cesario expresses his shock at Violas
comments. Olivia reminds Viola of their recent marriage to a baffled
Cesario . Olivia calls for the priest to be brought before her to
confirm the marriage. "A contract of eternal bond of love confirmed by
mutual joiner of your hands arrested by the holy close of lips,
strengthened by interchangement of your rings, and all the ceremony of
this compact seated in my functoion by my testimony." Stated the
priest. Orsino becomes angry with Cesario accusing him of
double-dealing. He threatens to kill him to spite Olivia. The
humiliation of being rejected by Olivia is more than he can bear. One
minute he talks of love the next of murder, how quickly emotions can
change. (The audience is left to wonder is the Duke a foolish fickle
man?)

The tension is now raising will Orsino respond to the revelation by
hurting Cesario as he threatened to do.

Next we see the arrival of Sir Andrew at Olivia's...

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