How Does Shakespeare Use Comedy In Twelfth Night

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English Literature Comedy in Act 1 of Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night' greatly includes elements of mistaken identity and gender - crossing disguise within act one which follows the outline of Elizabethen comedy. As well as that, dramatic methods are used to add to the comedic effect of the play. Also, farce and satirical aspects included within this act build the tension to form the ultimate effect. To begin with, Viola being shipwrecked in Illyria disguises herself as a man in order to be of use and service to the Duke. This mistaken identity and disguise adds to the farcical aspect of comedy within this act as the attempt to avoid discovery leads to confusing and rather unlikely plots and situations. The persona that Viola forges is of a young man by the name of Cesario. To take into consideration this play was essentially formed and presented in Elizabethan times, where women were not given the same priveleges as men, it meant they were not permitted to act. Ultimately male characters playing also the roles of females. In the case of ' Twelfth Night' Viola would have been a male playing a female character in turn playing a male character. This creates a sense of comedy through confusion and irony. Also, Viola imitating a disguise of a male…show more content…
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