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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

Matt Simpson




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Twelfth Night is, for the most part, a genial, sometimes quite hilarious, romantic comedy, which, as Matt Simpson makes clear, also has its darker side. In it Shakespeare explores what happens when wits are infected with self-indulgent self-love, with illusions arising out of what's deemed fashionable or from entertaining thoughts above one's station. A consequence of all this is a corruption of thinking and of language, characters tending to speak in at least two contrasting registers - true-speaking and pretension. Simpson details what he sees as the play's energising ambivalences, viewing it as a battle of wit against various forms of madness and disorder activated by love or drink. Against them Shakespeare places reason, common sense, providence, true friendship and real love, which in the end are largely made to prevail.


About the author:

Matt Simpson is also the author of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Student Guide Literary Series.


102  pages

ISBN: 978-1-871551-86-0

Greenwich Exchange Category: Student Guides

Series: Student Guide



Other books by Matt Simpson published by Greenwich Exchange:

Shakespeare's The Tempest

William Blake: Songs of Innocence and Experience

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Othello

Shakespeare's Macbeth

The Waste Land: T.S. Eliot

Wuthering Heights: Emily Bronte

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: James Joyce

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare's As You Like It

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