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Book Title: Twelfth Night|
The author of the book: William Shakespeare
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: 1968
ISBN 13: 9780140707113
Format files: PDF
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I wish I could've seen what performances of this play were like in Shakespeare's time. Since women couldn't be on stage, men had to play the women's roles, which means that the guy playing Viola had to also dress up as a man while acting like a woman.
You have to wonder if the audience ever really knew what was going on. I'll bet you anything you like that some form of the following conversation took place in the Globe Theater at one point:
GROUNDLING 1: Wait, wasn't that guy playing a girl? Why's he a guy again?
GROUNDLING 2: No, Viola's dressing up as a man.
GROUNDLING 1: So...he's a guy, playing a girl, playing a guy?
GROUNDLING 2: Yes. I think.
GROUNDLING 1: ...want me to get another round of ale?
GROUNDLING 2: God yes.
Oh, and also
TWELFTH NIGHT, ABRIDGED:
VIOLA: Okay, where the fuck are we?
CAPTAIN: We're in Illyria - there's a duke who lives here who's totally in love with this chick Olivia, but she's all sad because her brother died like a year ago but Orsino won't leave it alone.
ORSINO: *sits in his room listening to "Love Hurts" on repeat and writing Olivia/Orsino fanfiction*
VIOLA: Well then, I guess the only thing for me to do is disguise myself as a boy and go work for Orsino! Ha ha, wouldn't it be a funny and awkward twist if I fell in love with Orsino?
CAPTAIN: Yeah...that'd be real unexpected.
OLIVIA: CESARIO, TELL YOUR STUPID MASTER THAT FOR THE HUNDREDTH TIME, I DON'T WANT TO GET MARRIED RIGHT NOW BECAUSES I AM KIND OF IN MOURNING FOR THE ONLY FAMILY MEMBER I HAD. IT'S NOT A GOOD TIME.
CESARIO/VIOLA: Look, I know you're sad and everything - hey, my twin brother just died in a shipwreck too - but Orsino like, really really loves you. 'Cause you're hot, and stuff.
OLIVIA: Oh stop, you're hot. Kiss me!
CESARIO/VIOLA: Oh, HELL no.
SHAKESPEARE: Hee hee! Lesbians.
ORSINO: Why won't Olivia love me? My life is so unfair. Are you in love with anyone, Cesario? Because it sucks.
CESARIO/VIOLA: Yes, I love somebody. Somebody your complexion, and your height...but she's totally a chick, because I am obviously a boy.
ORSINO: Love sucks, and women are unfaithful whores.
CESARIO/VIOLA: Um...wow, you're actually sort of a douche. Why exactly am I attracted to you?
ORSINO: I assumed it was the brooding. Chicks dig guys who brood.
TOBY BELCH: Hey everybody, it's Comic Relief Time! Malvolio, Olivia has a crush on you and wants you to wear these poncy yellow stockings and smile all the time.
MALVOLIO: Well, they do make my legs look fabulous.
EVERYONE: HE'S CRAZY! LOCK HIM IN THE CRAZYHOUSE! IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE ADEQUATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE WON'T EXIST FOR ANOTHER 400 YEARS!
SEBASTIAN: Thank god I survived that horrible shipwreck! Too bad my sister's dead, though.
OLIVIA: Cesario! I demand that we have sex immediately!
SEBASTIAN: YES MA'AM!
ORSINO: Cesario, what the hell are you doing?
CESARIO/VIOLA: OMG SEBASTIAN!
SEBASTIAN: OMG VIOLA!
VIOLA: I'm a girl, surprise!
ORSINO: I love liars! Let's get married!
MALVOLIO: HEY! You assholes got me locked in a cell and then sent some clown to mock me! I swear by all that is holy, I WILL BE REVENGED ON YOU ALL!
VIOLA: Wait...is that seriously how the play ends? A guy we had wrongly incarcerated promises to get his revenge, which he actually kind of deserves?
FASTE: How about this? - I'll play a song, and then maybe the audience will forget that this play actually has the creepiest ending ever?
*he does, and we do.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon. Scholars believe that he died on his fifty-second birthday, coinciding with St George’s Day.
At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain's Men, later known as the King's Men. He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later. Few records of Shakespeare's private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.
Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century. Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights. Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare's.
Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare's genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called "bardolatry". In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.
According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life. Shakespeare's writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589. There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.
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