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William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night

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Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, starts off very dramatic and with a feeling of sadness and love lost or out of reach. Orsino has fallen for a woman called Olivia, whose brother has died. At the same time Viola’s loses her brother as well tragically in a shipwreck. Following immediately after this she decides to dress as a man, to gain her livelihood working for Orsino. Here we go from the Romantic mood of the story, to the slightly ludicrous but amusing idea of cross dressing or gender bending. Which is a major plot instrument throughout the entire story, an instrument that crates both hilarity and a great amount of drama.
On the other hand, the introduction of Sir Toby and Sir Andrew is one with a more of a Carnivalesque tone, with a back and forth of chatter and excessive drinking. Sir Toby is portrayed as a party spirit, perpetually drinking and always making jokes. On the other hand Sir Andrew is not very smart as seen by things he mentions such as, “Methinks sometimes I have no more wit than a Christian or an ordinary man has; but I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit.” (Shakespeare 1084), that while simultaneously showing his intelligence, also demonstrates a certain hate for religion. His character is well portrayed in the scenes of the movie, simply by his facial expression and the way he carries himself, something that does not translate well when one reads his lines.
Consequently, Maria and Feste are Carnivalesque characters that go on
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