English language doi: 101386/peet1153_1 yilin chen providence university of taiwan gender and homosexuality in takarazuka theatre: twelfth night and epiphany abstract keywords since it was founded in 1913, the all-female theatre, the takarazuka revue, has homoeroticism attracted a largely female audience. Related questions analyse the presentation of homosexuality in two productions of twelfth night 1 educator answer discuss the role of clown in william shakespeare's twelfth night. In twelfth night, sexual ambiguity is an essential device used to convey a number of meanings and raise the reader's awareness to various issues which deal with characters' sexual orientations. Historically, twelfth night was the night before the epiphany holiday, which celebrates the arrival of the three kings to the christ child twelfth night, in england, which is still celebrated to this day, is similar to april fool's day that is celebrated in the united states.
Homosexuality in twelfth night 1434 words nov 2nd, 2010 6 pages in medieval and elizabethan england, homosexuality was not only looked down upon, but was a crime punishable by law. Everything you ever wanted to know about the quotes talking about love in twelfth night, or what you in twelfth night, and deviant homosexual is a. The following is the term paper i presented to dr will stockton for my english 490 women in literature class on 18 november concerning sebastian's sexuality in twelfth night it builds on the work of joseph pequigney in his essay, the two antonios and same-sex love in twelfth night and the merchant of venice among. Antonio's place in twelfth night antonio is a secondary character in shakespeare's comedy twelfth night like many secondary characters in romantic comedies, he is more sure of himself and his.
In shakespeare's twelfth night, the young viola, having once lost her brother in a shipwreck, realizes that dressing up as a boy herself is the best way to continue living and thriving and looking for him this play shows how much respect shakespeare had for women more than ever, as viola can do. The potential for homosexual desire in a midsummer night's dream exists because of the chaotic forest and the mayhem created by the fairies as you like it and twelfth. Queer readings of twelfth night reading guide to gay issues in shakespeare's twelfth night created by the ten percent society of carthage college to understand the issues surrounding sexuality in twelfth night, one has to. Any acts outside of gender roles were highly looked down upon and sometimes punishable by law women dressed as men, anyone dressing above their station, and yes especially over affection.
Rethinking sexuality and class in twelfth night 681 6 see the pattern argued for by mccary 7 new york times, sunday 19 october 2003: arts section, 5 (though the actors are young men. A summary of act v, scene i in william shakespeare's twelfth night learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of twelfth night and what it means perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. 35 the text and the play twelfth night is an act of language both as it was performed in the globe in 1601 and as it is read by undergraduates preparing to cast or ignore votes on anti-gay rights initiatives. The presence of dialogue such as this determines the fact that the speech between characters in the twelfth night is not an exception to shakespeare's style of writing, yet the character cesario adds another dynamic to this playwright's exploration of homosexuality. Transcript of freudian glimpse of shakespeare's twelfth night understanding shakespeare orsino and cesario as homosexual freud states in the sexual abberations that most male homosexuals look for in their male companions.
Litcharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in twelfth night, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work in connection with the themes of deception, disguise, and performance, twelfth night raises questions about the nature of gender and sexual identity. Homoerotic love and the end of twelfth night posted on september 15, 2013 by adamcruz1 shakespeare's comedy twelfth night derives much of its hilarity from disguises causing same-sex love: the page cesario loving his master duke orsino, the duke's love olivia falling in love with a disguised viola, etc. Viola (cesario) character timeline in twelfth night the timeline below shows where the character viola (cesario) appears in twelfth night the colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Twelfth night, with its homosexual overtones and its depiction of a character presenting as an alternate gender, is a particularly rich case in point shakespeare's collected poems , 1640 although this poem is to a man, benson titles it 'an intreatie for her acceptance.
Twelfth night essay in the play of twelfth night, william shakespeare shows us many themes one of them is about the nature of love one of them is about the nature of love he displays this with three types of love: love of self, using the character malvolio, unselfish love, using the character antonio, and unrequited love, using the character. During shakespeare's time, homosexuality was forbidden in fact, homosexuality was punishable by law and it was not uncommon for homosexuals to receive the death sentence in shakespeare's twelfth night, he explores the idea that homosexuality may not be necessarily wrong.