• “Before used to be “What you Will”• Title removed – John Marston premiered in play also “What You Will”• Second title chosen – Twelfth Night after Christmas. – 6th January- feast of Epiphany.
Setting to the Play• Very romantic and exotic• Called Illyria• Ancient region – Found near Italy – Today: Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Regusa
The Story Line
The Beginning• Orsino, duke of Illyria• In love with Countess Olivia• Olivia – Sworn to avoid men’s company for 7 years- To mourn for dead brother • Rejects Orsino
Group of sailors- shipwreck• One of them Viola (survived) – Mourns for loss of twin brother. – Wanted to serve Olivia, but impossible – Instead dresses as man, Cesario, to serve Orsino
Orsino• likes Cesario (believes is a man)• But tells Cesario to woo Olivia on his behalf – Viola Goes. But Unwillingly. • She likes Orsino • When she goes, Olivia falls in love with Cesario , Sends Malvolio with ring for Cesario.
Sir Toby, Maria and Sir Andrew’s Plan• Sir Toby- trying to fleece Sir Andrew of his money• All plotting to expose Malvolio’s self –love – Use a false letter- trick into thinking Olivia likes him • In letter written to wear yellow stockings and cross- garters • Olivia- laughed when saw this • Malvolio, shut himself in dark
Viola And Sebastian• Viola’s Twin Brother – Sebastion • Survived in shipwreck (went to Illyria) • Sea captain, friend, wanted for piracy against Orsino• Resemble each other – leads to the jealous Sir Andrew • Challenged Cerario to duel • Antonio defended Cesario[thinks is friend of Sebation] – Is Arrested
The Truth• Olivia met Sebation – Became betrothed• The Truth – Cesario • Accused of deserting Antonio and Olivio- when real Sebation arrived to apologise for fighting Sir Toby. – At that time Viola and Sebastian were together • Olivia discovers the truth• Orsino’s fool- Feste – Brings letter from Malvolio and release conspirators, confess having written the letter – Malvolio, departed, promised revenge
Ending• Maria and Sir Toby – Get married- in celebration of the success of their device against steward• Orsino – Welcomes Olivia and Sebation – Realises attraction to Cesario • Promised that once dressed as a woman, they will get married
Character s Orsino Olivia SebastionCesario[Viola] Malvolio Sir Toby Maria Feste Sir Andrew
Viola After a ship-wreck that separates her from her twin brother, Viola washes up on shore in Illyria.She decides to cross-dress as a boy and takes a job at Duke Orsinos court. As the page, "Cesario“.She falls in love with the duke.
Olivia She was mourning her dead brother.She didn’t want to see any man because of this reason.She forgot about mourning when she saw Cesario.She later married Sebastian.
Sir Toby BelchHe was Olivia’s uncle.He was fat and noisy.He loved to drink.He used to try to woo Maria (Olivia’s maid).Later in the end of the play, he managed to marry her.He was in a plot to expose Malvolio’s self love.
Sir Andrew AguecheekHe was a young knight.He was rich and stupid.He tried to woo Olivia.He was Sir Toby’s drinking buddy.He had a mop of fair hair and stammered and twitched his cheek.
Maria She was Olivia’s maid.She cared for her mistress. She was her best friend.She was very witty and observant.She was behind the plot to expose Malvolio’s self love.She later married Sir Toby.
Feste He was Olivia’s Court Jester.He was funny and a good mimic.He used to sing and tell jokes, to entertain Olivia.
MalvolioHe was Olivia’s steward .He was narrow minded humourless.Not only was he humourless but also , much to Sir Toby’s annoyance, a kill joy.He was also trying to woo Olivia.
SebastianHe was Viola’s twin brother.He thought that Viola was dead and she thought that he too was dead.He resembled his sister very much.His friend was Antonio.In the end of the play, he married Olivia.