Viola In Twelfth Night Essay

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Throughout act I of Twelfth Night written by William Shakespeare we are introduced to a lot of events going on between different characters in the play. In act 1 we are introduced to a lot of characters one of which is named Viola. We learned that she is a quick thinker and is determined to change her appearance. She does this because it gives her more options and more social mobility after she believes that her brother did not survive the shipwreck they encountered. In scene one, she was talking to the captain about helping her getting a disguise. “I prithee,- and i’ll pay thee bounteously,- Conceal me what I am, and be my aid For such disguise as haply shall become The form of my intent. I’ll serve this duke: Thou shalt present me as …show more content…
Viola shows her determination to get a disguise so that it can help her get into Orsino’s court so she can get a job there. When she is speaking to the captain she is willing to do anything it takes even paying him to help her make a disguise. She is very confident about what she is doing and not thinking about the consequence she can encounter if she gets caught. When she got into her disguise she named herself Cesario. Another example is when Cesario/Viola go to Orsino’s court. “.............Cesario, Thou know’st no less but all; I have unclasp’d To thee the book even of my secret soul; (I.IV.12-14).” The dramatic irony of this situation that help the audience understand more about viola is that she has now fallen in love with the Duke and she doesn’t want him to be in love with Olivia. Here we can see how fast Orsino starts to like Cesario/Viola that can lead to believe that the objects of his affections can swiftly change. Viola succed into getting into the duke’s court. When she becomes the duke’s messenger right away, But after she starts to fall in love with Orsino. The final example is when Cesario goes to see Olivia in honor of Orsino. “ No, my profound heart; yet, by the very fangs of malice I swear, I am not that I play (I.V.176-177).” Here Viola is saying that she is not what she seems to

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