'Twelfth Night' by William Shakespeare Essay by Master Researcher

'Twelfth Night' by William Shakespeare
A study of the roles of Viola and Maria in William Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'.
# 86054 | 900 words | 1 source | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Literature (English) , Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)

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This paper reviews the play 'Twelfth Night' by William Shakespeare with a special focus on the relationship between the characters Cesario, or Viola in disguise, and Maria, Lady Olivia's lady-in-waiting.

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"William Shakespeare's middle-period comedy, 'Twelfth Night', is one of several plays he wrote that deal with mistaken identity, gender, and facade. In the play, young Viola, a girl who has high social status by birth, is involved in a shipwreck and must survive in a new and strange world with only her wits and her wiles. Viola disguises herself as a boy, Cesario, and finds employment and shelter with a wealthy nobleman, Orsino. Finding herself falling for Orsino, Viola also finds that her new employer is smitten by a fellow member of the aristocracy, Lady Olivia, who in turn falls for "Cesario," who she does not realize is young Viola. One of the interesting relationships in this play is that found between Viola and Olivia's young lady-in-waiting, Maria."

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