1 Twelfth Night contains many aspects
of Dramatic comedy
1.1.1 plot hinges with Viola dressing as a male servant in order to survive
after being ship wrecked on the shores of Illyria
22.214.171.124 hinges: 1. noun: a movable joint or mechanism on which a
door, gate, or lid swings as it opens and closes or which
connects linked objects. verb:1. attach or join with or as if with
1.2 mistaken identites
1.2.1 Viola and Sebastian so alike that no-one
cann tell them apart
1.3 Trickery + Tomfoolery
1.3.1 the lavish use of singing and dancing.
1.3.2 the ridiculing of hypocrisy
1.3.4 and affection
1.3.5 the temporary domination of
chaos and misrule;
1.3.6 and an ending where all confusion is resolved and
three marriages take place. A few unhappy endings
which result in unrquited love for Antonio and Sir
2 series of tangled love interest
2.1 Orsino loves Olivia
2.2 Olivia loves Cesario
and then Sebastian
2.3 Viola loves Orsino
2.4 Sir Andrew and
Malvolio love Olivia
4 Slapstick and physical comedy
4.1 most obvious form of comedy is 12th Night is
slapstick humuour generated by Sir Toby Belch,
Sir Andrew Aguecheek.
4.1.1 (who's names are themselves a source
of humuour.) and their cronies. (crony:noun- a close friend or a companion)
4.2 humuour is immediately indicated (or signalled) by their use of:
126.96.36.199 bawdy language
188.8.131.52.1 and song that would no doubt have appealed to
the working class audience in the pit.
4.3 Their buffoonery during their
midnight revel in Act 2 sn iii,
4.3.1 drunkenly carous
184.108.40.206 mock Malvolio and
sing at the top of
220.127.116.11.1 reflects their use of fun
and joie de vivre
4.4 physical comedy in the scene where Sir Andrew and Cesario
attempt to dual, but prove themselves utterly inept and
4.4.1 is clearly entertaining and invites laughter.
5 Role of Fools - Feste and Sir Andrew
6 Malvolio's downfall and schadenfreude (definition noted)
pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.
"a business that thrives on Schadenfreude"
6.1 Comic villian ---> Malvolio.
6.1.1 whose puritanical stance and attempts to destroy the
revelry of Sir Toby's party place him at odds with the
lovable rogues and the joyous spirit of the play.
6.2 His hubristic attitude, evident in both ways.
6.2.1 he primands his superior & conceited belief
that he could be his mistress' master,
18.104.22.168 means that the audience, much like the onlookers
in the Box-tree scene, enjoy his downfall.
6.3 His appearance in 'yellow and cross-gartered' stocking (where he
dressed up in yellow stockings and looked ridiculous), was different
from his usual funeral grab, is/this is a source of visual comedy.
6.4 his suggestive comments as
he fantasies about Olivia - 'To
bed! Ay sweetheart, and I'll
come to thee!'
6.4.1 are amusing because of
Shakespeare's deployment of
6.5 the way he's thrown into a "dark
room" and then taunted by Feste
may seem cruel to a modern