Viola’s aspirations are not to go against the social order as she is not a real servant but the play allows her to transgress and glide through the class mobility. She epitomizes social fluidity, transgressing the boundaries of specific roles in society. However her flexibility is asserted on her higher social status with which she begins the play. This once again proves that although the boundaries can be broken, only the elite bourgeoisie can truly permeate them completely. Malvolio remains ‘mad’ for admitting his love while Viola moves upwards to gain marriage.
Narcissism in Twelfth Night A Freudian study of Twelfth Night An essential element of William Shakespeare 's comedy Twelfth Night is the theme of self-love i.e. vanity and narcissism. Shakespeare likely set Twelfth Night 's action to occur January 5 and 6, the Eve of Epiphany and the day of Epiphany. During the course of these two days, all of the most important characters experience epiphanies, revelatory moments in which they recognize truths concerning themselves, their vanities and narcissism. Using Sigmund Freud 's work on narcissism, the true nature if the characters of Twelfth Night could be well explored by analyzing the moments of epiphanies.
Mercutio constantly punts, jokes and teases the other characters, making him somewhat of a funny guy. Above that, Mercutio is reckless and dirty. These traits combined make Mercutio the play’s showstopper, literally stopping the play when he does something again. The actual head character, Romeo, almost stands in the shadow of Mercutio, regarding his immense popularity. This obviously is a disaster for a play.
Youthful, star-crossed, desperate. Whose repercussions most shook the ill-fated souls of Romeo and Juliet? An arrogant, battle-prone kinsman of the prince, with boisterous character. Mercutio, of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, had the most profound effect upon the fates of Romeo and Juliet. Romeo’s aversion to take part in the Capulet masque was overturned by Mercutio’s persistence, giving way to the happenstance of Romeo and Juliet’s meeting.
/ Romeo’s [weak/nothing compared] to him” (3.5 215-221). The Nurse’s contradictory ideals, hastily brought upon her by the anger of the Capulets, only served to incite feelings of disbelief and distrust within Juliet. Shakespeare’s portrayal of Juliet and the Nurse’s contrasting ideals emphasizes Juliet’s rebellious and defiant manner occurring at the climax of the play, with this very manner determining Juliet’s fate as well. Hence, the Nurse's impetuous proposition merely progresses the tragic events which befell both Romeo and Juliet. All in all, the older generation (of mentors) exemplifies the catastrophic effects of impetuous decisions as
With Mercutio being such a skeptic, he mocks love and makes fun of his best friend Romeo when he finds out he has fallen in love with a Capulet; Mercutio states “Romeo, Humors! Madman! Passion! Lover! Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh, speak but one rhyme and I am satisfied.” When Romeo is distressed by his love for Rosaline, he states
Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night are both plays written by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who are in a forbidden love despite an ancient family feud. Twelfth Night tells a story multiple love triangles between a Duke, a Countess, a girl dressed as a boy, and the girl's twin brother who looks exactly like her. Both Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night have cases of dramatic irony. Dramatic irony is when the audience knows something that the characters do not know.
Romeo is very fixated on love, easily heartbroken, and depressed. These traits are more obvious as Mercutio’s humor and his ability to be reasonable lighten the rather dark shadow Romeo carries. Mercutio’s line, “If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking, and you beat love down.” (I, iv, 27-28) Mercutio is making light of Romeo’s deep depressing love for Rosaline, he’s mocking love and making it a joke. This creates an emphasis on Romeo’s utter affixation with love.
In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare refers to their hatred towards each other as an “ancient grudge.” Because the Montagues and Capulets have such a hate for each other, the characters from each side but heads a lot, especially Benvolio and Tybalt. To this day no one really knows why the Capulets and Montagues have such grudges toward each other. In Romeo and Juliet, we meet a character named Benvolio. He is the nephew of Lord Capulet and the cousin of Romeo. Benvolio was always there for Romeo and even helped him get over Rosaline by telling him to “Examine other beauties.” Benvolio is a very
In the play, the three characters Romeo, Juliet, and Friar Lawrence act on impetuosity, which leads to the final tragedy of the play. In the play, the actions of Friar Lawrence contribute to the death of both Romeo and Juliet. Although the friar is not in love, he is still as involved as both Romeo and Juliet.