Complex Ideas in the Twelfth Night (Gender Roles (Stereotypes and Roles…
Complex Ideas in the Twelfth Night
Appearance vs. Reality
Stereotypes and Roles of Genders
Olivia is supposed to represent the archetype noble lady who is rich, gets her way, normally gets a happy ending (according to Elizabethan times) and finds someone to love.
Olivia is portrayed as a rich and noble lady who is supposed to have lots of workers for her and is looking or love.
Viola has to disguise herself as a man because women didn't have much of an important role in Shakespearean times.
Viola gets to be more free due to her disguise as a man
Viola can speak her mind more as a man which probably would have let her be more free.
It would be considered very unusual that Antonio would be showing affection towards Sebastian due to the fact that same-gender relationships would sometimes be looked down upon.
Olivia is the stereotypical rich and aristocratic woman who gets her way and is currently looking for a man.
Shakespeare also includes same-gender relationships between two characters in a comedic way by having Antonio being smitten by Sebastian
Also includes the fact that Orsino is confused due to the fact that Viola (as Cesario) loves him.
Usually shown as a female loving a male character/vice versa
Olivia shows love towards her brother who is deceased and swears off love for a long time.
Olivia has multiple reasons as to why she doesn't want to marry Orsino
Olivia falls in love with Cesario and marries Sebastian at the end.
The archetype love story includes a female and a man in love rather than two males or two females
Antonio falls in love with Sebastian which is comedic as well as opposing to the normal love stories. This is opposing because it is unusual for two men to love each other.
Appearance vs. Reality
Viola's change of appearance has allowed her to be more free because men had more rights and opportunities than women.
Viola's appearance has created an unfortunate love triangle between her, Orsino and Viola.
Comedy is Complex Because...
It can be used to explain dark and/or serious issues.
It can come in many different ways such as dark, satirical, slapstick.
Love is a complex idea because...
It can motivate people to reveal certain aspects about themselves which wouldn't revealed normally.
It can form in many different types of ways (such as family love, different/same gender love)
It can also be used to expand the plot and bring out more information about specific characters.
The way that individuals present a 'false appearance' to conceal their inner selves.
This is shown where Viola has to change her gender in order to be accepted in society.
Even though Viola is disguised as a man, she still shows love and compassion towards Orsino