INTERPRETING THE PLAY...
Feste represents the contradictory nature of the play.
Though he is the fool, he has an incredible wit, and shows that things
are not always as they seem.
Night- The name of the play is a holiday in which things are said to be turned
upside down. Because of the nature
of the plot of the play, this seems fitting.
opening line in the play shows that music is an important metaphor for love.
Feste, at different intervals during the play, sings songs that help to
illustrate for the audience the feelings of the characters at that juncture.
happy Shakespearean play, Twelfth Night is a story of dramatic disguises and
mistaken identity. It is filled
with sexual tension between the characters and poetic words on love.
The play is meant to bring laughter to the audience while touching their
aside from Viola’s story, the play has many small plots.
The discussion on the fool shows that people are not always as they seem,
for though Feste is the jester, he is witty and knowledgeable.
He is also a talented actor and singer.
The noble in the play, Sir Andrew, actually turns out to be the foolish
one. Also a paradox is the attitude
of Malvolio. Although he holds a
respected position in the household, he is arrogant and thinks himself above his
position. The prank that Maria,
Toby, Anthony, Fabian, and the Fool play on him is to try to put him in his
Finally, the last paradox in Twelfth Night is the idea of a woman being the head of the household. At the death of her family, Olivia takes charge of the household, which would normally be ruled by a male such as Sir Toby. This theme may have arisen in Shakespeare’s play because it was written at a time when a woman was the leader of England.