Analysis Of ' The Twelfth Night '

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For Bakhtin, carnival “offers the chance to have a new outlook on the world. To realise the relative nature of all that exists, and to enter a completely new order of things” To what extent do you feel that the “carnivalesque” conventions of comedy convey a meaningful challenge to the existing order of things?
The Twelfth Night perhaps manifests around the continuous abolishment of social norms and traditional customs. The events that take place within the play are intertwined with typical connotations that surround abnormality and could possibly support the entry to “a completely new order of things”. Carnivalesque settings within any play radiate a sense of danger, excitement and a chaotic absurdity that essentially shapes the world as a whole.
During the Elizabethan era, hierarchies were heavily implemented within society. Carnival and its comedic structure is too vast in nature to give one clear-cut definition, as it consists of numerous conventions and rituals, however one of the simplest and general ideologies behind Carnival is its eradication of social hierarchies. Carnivalesque undermines those who possess higher authority; perpetrating them to lack intelligence and act patently pompous. Parodies and degradation of those who possess power are portrayed with the use of costumes and masks; the archetypal relationships are presented through on going travesties, undermining and mocking the “indestructible” structure of the social order.
Bakhtin suggests that Carnival…

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