By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom, Pamela Loos
An complicated comedy that includes separated twins, disguises, and impediments to like, 12th evening is Shakespeare's farewell to the comedic style, and what many deliberate to be his maximum success in that mode. This advisor to at least one of Shakespeare's maximum performs features a choice of the feedback during the centuries on 12th evening.
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O Time, thou must untangle this, not I; It is too hard a knot for me t’ untie. Viola is alone onstage as she speaks this passage, right after Malvolio has left her. This trick with the ring shows the countess’s craftiness, for Olivia has made up a story that Malvolio can believe is true: Viola (disguised as Cesario) could very well have left a ring with her, and Olivia could have decided after Cesario left that she did not want the ring. The story provides a good excuse for Olivia to send Malvolio out after Cesario.
Sailors arrive onshore with Viola after the shipwreck. Lords, attendants, and musicians wait on Orsino and Olivia. Criticism Through the Ages q 27 Twelfth Night in the Seventeenth Century q It is believed that Twelfth Night was first performed for one of the London colleges of law, the Middle Temple, as part of its annual Christmas celebration, a time of great merriment and festivities. The traditional celebration of Twelfth Night, concluding the 12 days of Christmas, occurs on January sixth, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany, which is the day the three kings arrived in Jerusalem to see the newborn Jesus.
Ingratum si dixeris, omnia dixeris. QQQ Twelfth Night in the Nineteenth Century q During the nineteenth century, some important commentators wrote about the place of Twelfth Night within the progression of Shakespeare’s work and within the genre of Western drama in general. Others focused specifically on the play’s characters. William Hazlitt, for instance, in discussing Twelfth Night, wrote that Shakespeare’s comedies—and especially this one, so “full of sweetness and pleasantry”—are significantly different from other comedies.
Twelfth Night (Bloom's Shakespeare Through the Ages) by Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom, Pamela Loos