Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Intro and Character Analysis. In A Nutshell. William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will is a comedy about a cross-dressing, ship-wreck surviving, poetry-loving girl who finds herself at the center of a not-so-average love triangle.
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Intro and Character Analysis
Twelfth Night is particularly provocative and interesting, since the role of its heroine, Viola, would have been played by a boy actor, who was cross-dressed as a female character, who cross-dresses as a boy. The story line has inspired plenty of remakes and adaptations, including the popular teen flick She's the Man, starring Amanda Bynes.
Olivia's fool. His job is to make people laugh, but along the way he manages to make a number of good points. Like many of Shakespeare's fools, he tells the truth through the mask of his profession. He may be a fool by trade, but he sees more of what is going on than most.
A sailor on the ship that sank. He rescued Sebastian and they become close friends. He insists on accompanying his friend to help and protect him in Ilyria. This is dangerous for him, though, since he is a wanted man.
Another servant of Olivia. Fabian occasionally helps Sir Toby in his schemes and enjoys his pranks.
The kind captain who rescues Viola when her ship sinks.