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Twelfth Night Criticism
William Shakespeare and The Twelfth Night

Known for his tragedies, comedies, sonnets and love stories, William Shakespeare is argued to be one of the best writers of his time. Throughout his plays, including The Twelfth Night, he uses disguise and deceit to fool the other characters to benefit another. Shakespeare was born in April of 1564 in the town Stratford-upon-Avon. Although the exact date of his birth is not known, historians traditionally celebrate it on the 23rd. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a well-known merchant in his community. Not much is known about his Mother, or of his schooling. It is said that Shakespeare probably attended the King’s New School in Stratford, but had no further university education.

In November of 1582 at the age of 18, Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway wed. Their daughter Susanna was born of May 26, 1583 and then later twins in 1585; Hamnet and Judith. After much struggling with illnesses, his only son Hamnet died at the age of 11.

After grieving the loss of his son, Shakespeare left his family to make something of his writings. In 1592 he moved to London where he worked as an actor and playwright. While in London he was part of the acting group, Lord Chamberlain’s Me

 
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Before his death on April 23, 1616, Shakespeare wrote a total of 37 plays and 154 sonnets. Although he wrote so many wonderful pieces of literature, no publications were ever produced during his lifetime. That is until John Heminges and Henry Condell published First Folio; a thorough collection of his plays.

Throughout this story the different roles and different disguises influence how the major character finds love and happiness. Almost every character in this play adopts a new role and disguises his/her identity. This theme is set into motion by Viola’s transformation into Cesario. Many critics attempt to show how the disguise relate to the different parts, and/or different characters of the play. This story explores a cariety of themes and issues, however disguise, deceit, celebration and festivity are the major, more prominent ones. Although the play is a “silly play” said by Samuel Pepys, who saw the play on three occasions, many critics feel the play’s use of language used to deceive and the failure of characters to communicate properly and effectively and truthfully, made it confusing.

The Twelfth Night (January 6th) is actually the Epiphany. During the Epiphany noble households sponsored numerous performances of plays, masques, banquets and kinds of activities. This story opens up to a man, Curio dressing for the plans of that night. While dressing, he confesses how he feels towards a woman named Olivia. Olivia, a well-to-do woman, wants little

Analysis of Major Characters
Viola
Like most of Shakespeare’s heroines, Viola is a tremendously likable figure. She has no serious faults, and we can easily discount the peculiarity of her decision to dress as a man, since it sets the entire plot in motion. She is the character whose love seems the purest. The other characters’ passions are fickle: Orsino jumps from Olivia to Viola, Olivia jumps from Viola to Sebastian, and Sir Toby and Maria’s marriage seems more a matter of whim than an expression of deep and abiding passion. Only Viola seems to be truly,...
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