"Twelfth Night" or Love Considered Book Review by Madame Mimi

"Twelfth Night" or Love Considered
Several passages are discussed to show Shakespeare's light-hearted attitude toward love in the comedy "Twelfth Night".
# 148042 | 2,170 words | 0 sources | 2011 | US
Published on Aug 28, 2011 in Drama and Theater (English) , Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

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This review looks at several passages from Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" to critique Shakespeare's topsy-turvy presentation of the battle between the sexes. The writer of the paper argues tha,t at face value, it may seem like a play that is not meant to be taken seriously, but in actuality, it has a very serious underlying message. The writer explores love, passion and similar subjects in this humorous play, and asks the readers to look deeper at the nature of love.

From the Paper:

"Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy that on the surface looks like it's not meant to be taken terribly seriously. After all it takes place in a country called Illyria which is pretty close to Deliria. A strange madness reigns, especially concerning the subjects of love and gender. The things that happen in this play are so farfetched that it doesn't seem we are meant to believe them at all. The title itself suggests a celebration of merry misrule which is apparently what the Elizabethan celebration of Twelfth Night was like. The What you Will part of the title is like saying, "whatever," or "anything goes." Everything is crazy and unbelievable--the business of the twins, a woman masquerading as a man, and the craziness of ending with Sebastian marrying Olivia, a woman he doesn't even know and of Olivia, instantly loving the brother of the woman disguised as a man who she thought she was in love with just a few minutes ago. It's a world turned upside down, especially where romance is concerned."

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