Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night
William Shakespeare
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Jan 26, 2024

Summary: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare is a comedic play that revolves around themes of love, mistaken identity, and disguise. The story begins with a shipwreck that separates twins Viola and Sebastian. Viola, thinking her brother is dead, disguises herself as a man named Cesario and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Orsino sends Cesario to woo the Lady Olivia on his behalf, but Olivia falls in love with Cesario instead. Meanwhile, Viola, disguised as Cesario, falls in love with Orsino. The play takes a humorous turn with mistaken identities, pranks, and a subplot involving Olivia's steward, Malvolio. In the end, Viola's true identity is revealed, Olivia marries Sebastian, and Orsino realizes his love for Viola. The play concludes with marriages and the festive celebration of the twelfth night, marking the culmination of the comedic chaos. 

Opinion: The most compelling aspect of Twelfth Night is undoubtedly Shakespeare's masterful use of comedic elements and intricate plot twists. The play's exploration of love's complexities, coupled with mistaken identities and witty dialogue, creates a captivating and entertaining experience. The characters' interactions, especially Viola's clever maneuvering in her disguise as Cesario, add layers of humor and intrigue. While the book is primarily a comedy, it also dives into the deeper themes of self-discovery and the unpredictable nature of love. The only disappointment I had was how too many subplots had a lot of overwhelming information, which makes the book confusing for a little while. I would recommend 'Twelfth Night' to those who appreciate Shakespearean comedies. The play's timeless themes and humorous elements make it accessible to a wide audience. Its blend of romance, humor, and insightful commentary on human nature ensures a delightful reading experience. I give this book a four out of five.

Written by
Mahad Z.

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