Elements of Shakespeare Comedies - Twelfth Night

Elements of Shakespeare Comedies - Twelfth Night

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Elements of Shakespeare Comedies - Twelfth Night

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  • Shakespearean Comedies
  • Shakespeare's comedies are characterized by: Comedic Language Love Obstacles Mistaken Identities Excessive Plot Twists Marriage or Reunion
  • Plot Twist
  • Mistaken Identity
  • Examples from Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • Love Obstacles
  • One plot twist is when the audience learns that Sebastian survived the shipwreck.
  • Comedic Language Through Motifs
  • Viola dresses up as a man named Cesario to get work in the Duke's court. Being a twin, she looks a lot like her brother, Sebastian.
  • Marriage and / or Reunion
  • The Duke falls in love with Olivia, who ends up marrying Sebastian; however, it all changes when he learns Cesario is really Viola.
  • Gender-bending is a common motif, as well as misdirected love. Olivia loves Cesario, "Cesario" loves the Duke, and the Duke loves Olivia.
  • Triángulos Amorosos
  • The twin siblings are reunited. Sebastian marries Olivia and the Duke marries Viola.
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