Meanwhile, Sebastian, who is still alive after all but believes his sister Viola to be dead, arrives in Illyria along with his friend and protector, Antonio. Malvolio is a targeted character that provides amusement and causes readers to dislike him. Plot Summary Duke Orsino of Illyria rules all that he sees except his beautiful neighbor, Olivia. Likewise, there is humour in Viola's accidental success in winning Olivia's heart, not for her master but herself, through her genuine declarations of affection in her 'Make me a willow cabin' speech, which ironically is not actually directed at Olivia but at the absent Orsino. A lot of these themes play a large part in Twelfth Night.
In one particular production, that I have seen, which was directed by Neil Bartlett, the relationship between these two characters was clearly shown to be more than that of two close friends. However, occasionally, high-ranking characters also spoke in prose. Tragic earnestness springs from the deep ethical principle which animates the individual. When she invites him to her house, the glow of love evident in her eyes, Sebastian trails along. This is particularly mirrored when Malvolio reads the letter, and although it is humorous, everybody knows that it is going to lead to disaster. He also exposes truth to the other characters and the audience: he mocks Orsino's lovelorn behaviour; he challenges Olivia's obsessive mourning and, much to Malvolio's horror, proves her a 'fool' in his witty repartee; and he lays bare Malvolio's hubris by publically humiliating him. Slapstick and physical comedy Perhaps the most obvious form of comedy in Twelfth Night is the slapstick humour generated by Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek whose names are themselves a source of humour and their cronies.
He later appears wearing yellow stockings and cross-gartered, a fashion which Olivia detests. People who may appear on a pop quiz relating to this theme would be Malvolio, Olivia, Maria, and Sir Toby. Themes True Love Perceives the Soul True love requires recognition of the noble inner qualities of the beloved as well as the outward qualities. Cesario openly confesses 'I am not what I am'; but in this play, it seems, neither is anyone else. Moreover, the manner in which he forces another to undertake his wooing for him suggests his emotions are disingenuous — he is in love with the idea of being in love and with playing the role of courtly suitor. Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die. Iambic pentameter shows control and yet the emphasis here is on the instability and the intensity of his love for Olivia.
In the kingdom of Illyria, a nobleman named Orsino lies around listening to music, pining away for the love of Lady Olivia. Twelfth Night is certainly a play where mistaken identities are crucial to the plot. In essence, the characters themselves are ignorant of their own fate, whereas the audience are able to gain humour from knowing roughly where the play is heading. His purpose is absurd; he intends it to be absurd, and enjoys its ubsurdity. Sebastian tells Antonio of his sister, Viola, who he fears has been drowned; he thanks Antonio for his kindness in saving him from being drowned, and resolves that he must be off alone.
Malvolio comes across as the consummate steward, with his discreet manner, but he quickly shows himself to be a buffoon. Minor Characters: Lords, priests, sailors, officers, musicians, attendants. By speaking out so boldly about such issues the fool often creates humour through outright mockery of the other people in the play in a way that no other character would feasibly be able to do without good reason. Unexpected Asides An aside -- a moment when a character breaks from the scene and speaks to the audience without other characters hearing or reacting -- happens only in performances. Olivia instructs him to get to the point. Think about a movie you have seen, or a book you have read, in which the characters suffer from disappointed love as the characters do in Twelfth Night. Certain literary techniques are used to increase the dramatic tension in a novel or short story.
She is smart, resourceful, kind, and loving. The duke thoroughly delights in giving himself up to the exquisite delights of his own passions, but actually he does little to try to possess the object of his affections. He is quite old a wears dark clothing. Verse consists of a series of lines of limited length usually about ten syllables in Shakespeare's plays and an intentional rhythmic pattern. A reconciliation is impossible; death alone can solve the conflict.
Let us now recapitulate the various principles which have been elaborated. For example, Malvolio means bad desires or bad intentions. In the world of Twelfth Night, Feste is a licensed and professional fool. Meanwhile Viola falls in love with Orsino, who is in love with Olivia, who is in love with Viola, who. Wordplay creates a comic effect and gives a sense of chaotic humour to the play.
Further Things to Think About Here are some questions to consider that go along with this theme. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. It is portrayed as being dangerous and something that can destroy a person, and is very difficult to get rid of. Another illustration of the way in which Shakespeare uses form to give meaning is in the dialogue between Viola and the Duke Orsino in Act 2 scene 4, where one line of iambic pentameter is frequently shared by the two characters. It may be called a foible, a folly, a frailty — still the essential characteristic is that the individual is pursuing an appearance, and thus is the victim of deception, though he may even be conscious of the absurd and delusive nature of his end. But Sebastian is sad, for he believes his twin sister has drowned. Antonio the sea captain now ventures onto the scene.