Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will

Characters -Viola-Orsino-Olivia-Sebastian-Malvolio-Feste-Sir Toby-Maria-Sir Andrew Augecheek-Antonio-Fabian
Viola -Young woman -Washed up on the shore of Illyria -shiped wrecked in a storm-Disguises herself as a young man & calls herself “Cesario” Works for Duke Orsino-Falls in love with Orsino-Olivia falls in love with Cesario-Disguise has entrapped her.
-Orsino -A powerful nobleman in the country of Illyria.-Lovesick for Olivia-Hires Viola, who is in disguise as Cesario. -Orsino mopes around complaining how heartsick he is over Olivia-Marries Viola
-Olivia -A wealthy, beautiful, and noble Illyrian lady-Is sought after by Orsino & Sir Andrew Aguecheek-Mourning for her brother-Say’s she will not marry for seven years. -Falls for Cesario / Viola
-Sebastian -Viola’s lost twin brother. -Arrives in Illyria with Antonio, a close friend and protector, -Confusing him for Cesario, Olivia asks him to marry her. -Marries Olivia
-Malvolio -The head servant of Lady Olivia. -Very efficient but self-righteous-Has a poor opinion of drinking, singing, and fun. -Is made to believe that Olivia is in love with him by a trick played by Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, and Maria-Reveals a powerful ambition to rise above his social class.
-Feste -The clown, or fool, of Olivia’s household-Moves between Olivia’s and Orsino’s homes. -Earns his living by making pointed jokes, singing old songs, being generally witty, and offering good advice cloaked under a layer of foolishness. -Often seems to be the wisest character in the play.
-Sir Toby -Olivia’s uncle. -Lets Sir Toby Belch live with her-does not approve of:–rowdy behavior –practical jokes–heavy drinking –late night carousing–Sir Andrew-Earns the anger of Malvolio. -Marries Maria. -Sir Toby & Maria ruin the controlling, self-righteous Malvolio.
-Maria -Olivia’s clever, daring young waiting-gentlewoman. -Similar to Malvolio in that she too wishes to rise in the world through marriage. -Writes the letter that tricks Malvolio into thinking Olivia loves him
-Sir Andrew Augecheek -friend of Sir Toby’s. -wants to be with Olivia–doesn’t stand a chance-thinks that he is:–witty–brave–young–good at languages–dancing-Is actually an idiot.
-Antonio -Rescues Sebastian after shipwreck. -Has become very fond of Sebastian–Seems to be romantic in nature
-Fabian ???
Themes -Love as a Cause of Suffering-The Uncertainty of Gender-The Folly of Ambition-Letters, Messages & Tokens-Madness-Disguises-Mistaken Identity
Setting Illyria
Who is Orsino in love with at the beginning of the play? Olivia
Complete the quote: “If music be the food of _____, play on.” Love
Where does Twelfth Night take place? Illyria
Why is Olivia unwilling to receive any visitors? She is in mourning for her dead brother
How does Viola come to be at Orsino’s court? She is shipwrecked nearby
Why is Sir Andrew Aguecheek staying at Olivia’s home? He is trying to court Olivia
How does Viola disguise herself? She dresses like a man
What is Malvolio’s position? He is Olivia’s steward
What is Sir Toby’s great vice? He is a drunkard
Who does Orsino send to carry his messages to Olivia? Viola, disguised as Cesario
Who does Viola fall in love with? Orisno
Who does Olivia fall in love with? Viola, disguised as Cesario
Who is Sebastian? Viola’s Brother
Who forges the letter that Malvolio thinks is from Olivia? Maria
What does the forged letter make Malvolio believe? That Olivia is in love with him
Who takes care of Sebastian after he is shipwrecked? Antonio
Who challenges Cesario to a duel? Sir Andrew
What does Malvolio wear in the hope of pleasing Olivia? Yellow Stockings & Crossed Garters
Why does Antonio travel to Illyria? To be close to Sebastian
Why does Sir Andrew try to fight with Sebastian? He thinks that Sebastian is Cesario
What do Sir Toby and the others do to Malvolio? They lock him in a dark room and tell him he is mad
What disguise does Feste wear when he speaks with Malvolio? Sir Topas, the curate
Who does Olivia marry? Sebastian
When he realizes that Cesario is a woman, what does Orsino do? He decides to marry her
Which character does not get married (or plan to) at the end of the play? Malvolio

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