Yet, they are more intertwined than most realize; they both stem from the branches that make up a play’s plot and both serve to satisfy an audience 's emotional appetite. Because of these similarities, it can be hard to distinguish why some plays are more comic or tragic, and while there is no clear-cut formula to differentiate these genres, Shakespeare’s comedy, Twelfth Night, and Sophocles’ tragedy, Oedipus Rex, are the baseline needed to understand each genre’s unique distinctions. Let us assume that a tragic play is one that evokes piety and fear by means of the plot, as described by Aristotle over 2000 years ago. Additionally, let us assume that Oedipus Rex is the real-world application of Aristotle 's definition of a tragedy. Finally, let’s assume that Twelfth Night is the exact application of the definition of comedy, regardless of what that definition may be.
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.
Neil King’s definition of a comedy, “a work which is primarily designed to amuse and entertain, and where, despite alarms along the way, all’s well that ends well for the characters” (King 55) is undoubtedly affirmed by Shakespeare’s use of comedic features such as dramatic irony. Despite the creation of exuberant comedy within the play, principal sub-plots in ‘Twelfth Night’ such as the gulling and confinement of Malvolio, prove that when looked at in more depth, to some extent, the play’s comedy cloaks themes of cruelty and suffering. The very title of the play, ‘Twelfth Night’, directly links to the twelve days of festivity that traditionally took place during the Elizabethan period. During this time, not only were ordinary rules subverted, but the Lord of Misrule reigned supreme and events such as plays and processions took place. Employing this historical background for the ‘Twelfth Night’ creates the opportunity for revelry to happen.
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.
William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night has been made into several film versions. The versions include the Globe Theatre version directed by Tim Carroll in 2012. Another version by Trevor Nunn was made in 1996, and a third version called She’s The Man made in 2006 was directed by Andy Fickman. A comparison of the media skills, characters, and the setting in the various versions of Twelfth Night and She’s The Man shows that She’s The Man is superior to the other Twelfth Night versions for students learning Shakespeare for the first time. The media skills in She’s The Man is more fitting than the other versions of Twelfth Night because of the continuous change of lighting and music to go with the mood of the scene.
Revivals of Shakespeare 's plays and other works have been featured in nearly 500 films and/or videos world-wide. Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola, who has disguised herself as a young man under the name Cesario, to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet and hilarious chain of events follows. There have been many Revivals of the classical Shakespeare comedy “Twelfth Night or What You Will”.
The play, Twelfth Night was wrote by an English poet named William Shakespeare. Twelfth Night was believed to be written around 1601-1602 and has been popular ever since. The purpose of this essay is to show that love causes significant amount of discomfort and torture due to unrequited love between characters. This is done by showing how the unrequited love between the characters Olivia and Viola had caused great amount of pain and suffering for
Shakespeare uses the contrast between Comedy and Tragedy to accentuate the change in the mood of the play from lighthearted to catastrophic. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony to create a comedic scene that is, in reality, quite dark. After Juliet drank the potion that makes her appear dead, the Nurse comes in and tries to wake her up for her wedding. The Nurse declares, “Marry, and amen! How sound is she asleep!/ I needs must wake her.
This play has a very carefree and relaxed tone and it has comedy that is very easily translated to audiences today. Unlike The Twelfth Night, although it is also a comedy, the jokes did not carry though time and are not easily applied to a modern crowd, most of the jokes and banter between characters was lost throughout history as our language and mindset evolved. One Man, Two Guvnors was my favorite play this semester it’s very carefree and was a nice break at this time in the semester. This play was really funny and contained many different kinds of slapstick comedy, which helped in lure in a modern crowd and keep their attention with jokes that translate easily amongst all
In the Shakespearean mode of tragedy, the play Romeo and Juliet best models the tragic hero. For instance, nobility is characterized by being upper class and having elevated character. Romeo satisfies both these criteria through his position as