Twelfth Night: Character Studies

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The characters of Twelfth Night are both memorable and engaging and it is through their funny, and at times bitter, interplay that we experience the peculiar world of Shakespeare's Illyria. This study begins with a introduction to the concept of
"characters" on the early-modern stage before proceeding to a textual analysis of each of the main characters in the play, looking at how what they say and do, and what is said about them,
creates the ...

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Overview

The characters of Twelfth Night are both memorable and engaging and it is through their funny, and at times bitter, interplay that we experience the peculiar world of Shakespeare's Illyria. This study begins with a introduction to the concept of
"characters" on the early-modern stage before proceeding to a textual analysis of each of the main characters in the play, looking at how what they say and do, and what is said about them,
creates the illusion of "character". Each chapter also contains a brief account of key performances by actors on stage and in film.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826495419
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/12/2008
  • Series: Character Studies Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Atkin is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chester, UK. His publications include Studying Shakespeare: A Practical Guide (Prentice Hall, 1998)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     ix
Series Editor's Preface     xi
Introduction: An Overview of Twelfth Night     1
Shakespeare's Characters     7
Orsino     19
Viola     31
Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Maria     45
Feste (and Fabian)     57
Olivia     71
Malvolio     81
Antonio and Sebastian     93
Conclusion: Through the Characters to the Key Themes and Issues     99
Guide to Further Reading     123
Bibliography     125
Index     129
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