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Shakespeare - Twelfth Night

by: Kimberly Burke

Shakespeare - Twelfth Night EH 403

Kimberly Burke
Jacksonville State University
GPA 4.0

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These are my in class notes for Twelfth Night. Acts, Scenes, line numbers, and page numbers are from Riverside Shakespeare.
Shakespeare I
Dr. Gates
Class Notes
Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, comedy
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Date Created: 04/15/16
Shakespeare – Twelfth Night  Characters o Orsino/Duke – mates with Viola, nobleman in Illyria, originally in love with Olivia o Valentine – in Orsino’s court, 1 of the carriers of letter to Olivia o Viola – Sebastian’s twin, disguises as man named Cesario, washes up on shores of Illyria after shipwreck, becomes Orsino’s page, falls in love with Orsino  Tries to get Olivia to back off being interested in her as Cesario o Sebastian – Viola’s twin lost in the shipwreck, arrives in Illyria with friend Antonio, people in Illyria claim to know him & Olivia wants to marry him  Friendship with Antonio is a mystery o Antonio – rescues Sebastian, loves Sebastian & cares for him on the journey to Illyria o Olivia – in love with Cesario but ends up with Sebastian, wealthy noble or Illyria, courted by Orsino & Sir Andrew, mourning her brother & father, claims she will not marry for 7 years  Sends Malvolio with a ring to Cesario  Sees Sebastian, thinks its Cesario – her miracle seems to come true b/c Sebastian is clueless; sends for a priest, confused about which twin she married when they are on stage together o Malvolio – head servant in Olivia’s household, cynical, others turn the tables on him for being too strict, too controlling, prude, puritan-like o Fabian – in Olivia’s household, wants to see Malvolio plot, scolded for arranging a bear baiting in Olivia’s home  Announces the success of Maria pulling off the trick that made Toby propose to Maria & turns the letter over to be read o Sir Toby – in Olivia’s household, Olivia’s uncle, part of Malvolio plot, mates with Maria, Olivia disapproves of his drinking & joking o Maria – gentlewoman in Olivia’s household, far back interest in Malvolio being put in his place o Sir Andrew Augecheek - in Olivia’s household, friend of Sir Toby, comes with money, like Roderigo in Othello, promised access to Olivia o Feste/Clown - in Olivia’s household, sings for entertainment, suggests you can pay him for performing & will do more if you pay more, pure fool, given chance to sing, concluder of dialogue  Sir Topas a Cleric (disguise) – a priest that pretends to examine Malvolio & determines him to be insane o Priest – sent for by Olivia for her marriage o Captain  2 ndtitle – What You Will – more accurate to the play than Twelfth Night  Characters in Shakespeare vs. Source o Shakespeare – brother comes in for resolution, Apolonius & Silla are main characters  Entrapment of Malvolio – other characters in Olivia’s court play a trick on Malvolio o Characters in on the joke – Maria, Toby, Feste, Andrew o Maria volunteers to write a letter in Olivia’s hand & dresses like Olivia o Malvolio falls for the letter left out for him to find – characters hiding to watch are Fabian, Sir Toby, & Sir Andrew  The letter tells him to dress funky  Malvolio is so engrossed in the letter, he has no idea others are on stage o Olivia is stupefied b/c she’s not in on the joke, thinks Malvolio is mad/sick o Malvolio misunderstands when Olivia tells him to go to bed – he thinks sex o Malvolio exposes the trick, Olivia feels sorry for him & punishes her servants  Last line – revenge, deserves to air grievances  Always 1 character or more left out of comic resolution o Don Jon in Much Ado is sent to jail; Jacques in As You Like It choose to withdraw; Shylock in Merchant of Venice is forced to convert to Christianity  Dark humor – Malvolio’s torment, Sir Toby’s punishment  Olivia & Viola both lost brothers in a sense o Olivia keeps a household that preserved her mourning for her brother & father  ‘Woo for me’ – Olivia falls in love with Cesario as messenger for Orsino; Orsino has not made headway on his own & needed help  Act 1 o Shipwreck – 1 twin saved another, important but kind of corny  Subplot o What happens in Olivia’s household, servants ignore Malvolio


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