Shakespeare: Blog Post 1 (Twelfth Night)

Twelfth Night (about 1602)

Blog posts due & Presentations: Monday, March 25

Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing Twelfth Night. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post.
For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. You must e-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.

  1. Are the play’s characters sympathetic when everyone changes their mind and plays so many tricks on each other? Who is the best character?
  2. Orsino is maybe more in love with “love” than with Olivia, and yet Viola falls in love with him. Why does she? What are his good qualities?
  3. A key theme in the play is deception, where people show a false front to others or themselves. Are they justified in doing so?
  4. Why do the other characters dislike Malvolio so much? Why does Olivia put up with him?
  5. Discuss how the songs and music in the play explain or relate to the story’s action or ideas.
  6. Discuss Feste. He is a clown but is probably the smartest person in the story. Why would Shakespeare do this?
  7. Is it right for Sebastian to marry Olivia so impulsively, when she thinks that she is marrying Cesario?
  8. Choose a character and show how that character changes throughout the play, and why.
  9. Does the play teach a lesson or have a moral to it? What is it?

One thought on “Shakespeare: Blog Post 1 (Twelfth Night)

  1. Dong Jun, Jang

    1. Discuss Feste. He is a clown but is probably the smartest person in the story. Why would Shakespeare do this?

    When the inventor tries to make something new, there need an intend. Feste is a virtual character who is made by Shakespeare in Twelfth Night. So, Feste must have its role like others though he is less important than. Then why did Shakespeare make him as the smartest person in the play?

    In my opinion, ‘Ironical situation’ is the most thought what Shakespeare had. In his period, Hierarchical society, many people thought that upper classes’ intelligence and ability are much higher than lowers. However, if you look Toby or Andrew, you might notice that the clown exploits them with his own ability. This looks quite ironical.

    Secondly, the reason he the smartest is just for fun. It is important to make play’ mood a little bit lighter when it starts to be boring. By letting Feste play language, viewers can release their mind, and can also concentrate on the play. Because ‘Playing language’ demands an intelligence beyond the certain, he should be made as the smart.

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