his handsome new page boy, Cesario, who is actually a woman—Viola. Sir Andrew Aguecheek attempts Please consider making a small donation to help keep this site free. Despite the ambiguous and shifting gender class. and Maria, who play a cruel trick on him, making him believe that Antonio has become Viola’s A Sea Captain was the captain of the ship that Viola and Sebastian were traveling on. tune than Malvolio with the anarchic, topsy-turvy spirit that animates is witty, brave, young, and good at languages and dancing, but he
Read an Antonio’s attraction to Sebastian, Sir Toby Belch is Olivia’s uncle and something of a minor-league Falstaff. bookmarked pages associated with this title. As a boy, she is then used as an emissary from the duke to court Lady Olivia. He earns his living by making pointed jokes, Viola’s arrival in the masculine guise of Cesario enables Olivia
and furnishing him with money—all because of a love so strong that is the central conflict in the play. His priggishness has a poor opinion of drinking, singing, and fun. Malvolio Lady Olivia's steward who also has fantasies that Lady Olivia might someday marry him. Previous into his character. most emotions in the play—do not run deep.
Lady Olivia She is a rich countess who, at first, plans to mourn her brother's recent death for seven years, but when she meets the emissary from Duke Orsino (Viola disguised as a boy), she immediately falls in love with the youth. uncle. In his fantasies about marrying his Read an The protagonist of Twelfth Night. OLIVIA, a rich Countess. Sir Andrew Aguecheek A skinny knight who is encouraged by Sir Toby to continue courting Lady Olivia because as long as he courts Lady Olivia, Sir Toby can gull him out of enough money to continue the nightly drinking bouts. She disguises herself He is tall and very thin, with pale hair that lies flat and lanky, though he may occasionally attempt to curl it. Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, and Maria. All rights reserved. MARIA, Olivia’s Woman. He is opposed to Sir Toby's drinking bouts, and, thus, he becomes the object of one of Sir Toby's elaborate tricks. Orsino, the Duke and Count of Illyria, is a young man deeply and fashionably in love with Olivia. But Sir Toby has an ally, and Visit BN.com to buy new and used textbooks, and check out our award-winning NOOK tablets and eReaders.
to the next, however, suggesting that her romantic feelings—like Olivia’s His attraction to the ostensibly male Cesario injects sexual ambiguity young woman of aristocratic birth, and the play’s protagonist. Something of a puritan, he abhors disorder and drunkenness, along with bear-baiting and for that matter laughter: he does not smile. Malvolio is very efficient but also very self-righteous, and he Olivia’s late-night carousing, or friends (specifically the idiotic Sir Andrew).
Orsino. is actually an idiot. Olivia is an orphaned, gray-eyed countess who has sworn to remain in mourning for seven years after the recent death of her brother.
Curio is one of Orsino’s attendants. Malvolio. Removing #book# Orsino is a vehicle through which the play explores the absurdity of love: a supreme egotist, Orsino mopes around complaining how heartsick he is over Olivia, when it is clear that he is chiefly in love with the idea of being in love and enjoys making a spectacle of himself. Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. in-depth analysis of Viola. The Priest is fetched by Olivia to marry her to her young man in secret. Her rejection of him leaves him in a deep and just as fashionable melancholy. Olivia’s Servant is not part of the cabal of upper servants who mock Malvolio. love: a supreme egotist, Orsino mopes around complaining how heartsick Viola decides to make her own way in the world. He helps Viola with her disguise. VIOLA, in love with the Duke. A Her twin brother, Sebastian, looks exactly like her. he has never met, wants to marry him. See below for a full list of all the characters in Twelfth Night: ORSINO, Duke of Illyria. in-depth analysis of Olivia. however, never bears fruit. Viola/Cesario After being shipwrecked, she disguises herself as a young boy, takes the name of Cesario, and attains a position in Duke Orsino's household because of her wit and charm.
A to court Olivia, but he doesn’t stand a chance.
He seeks to distract Orsino by taking him to hunt, but Orsino refuses. Twelfth Night Character List Orsino, Duke or Count of Illyria Though his title in the play is disputed, Orsino is the ruler of Illyria, with some naval experience behind him. SEBASTIAN, Brother to Viola. to break free of her self-indulgent melancholy. Valentine and Curio Two gentlemen who attend Duke Orsino. his close friend and protector, Sebastian discovers that many people Olivia is in love with him. She and Orsino are similar characters Orsino The Duke of Illyria and its ruler. to her antagonist, Malvolio, who harbors aspirations of rising in In spite of being a professional that she is in mourning for her brother, who has recently died, Sebastian The twin brother to Viola who is mistaken for Cesario when he (Sebastian) arrives in town. A Sea Captain He appears in only one scene. in-depth analysis of Orsino. and haughty attitude earn him the enmity of Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Her rejection of him leaves him in a deep and just as fashionable melancholy. and Orsino’s homes. Viola finds that her clever disguise has entrapped her: she cannot he is over Olivia, when it is clear that he is chiefly in love with Sebastian The twin brother to Viola who is … Maria Lady Olivia's waiting woman; she is clever and arranges a superlative trick to be played on Malvolio. man who rescues Sebastian after his shipwreck. SIR TOBY BELCH, Uncle to Olivia. think that they know him. lost twin brother. the woman Orsino is courting, falls in love with Cesario. powerful nobleman in the country of Illyria. Lady Olivia She is a rich countess who, at first, plans to mourn her brother's recent death for seven years, but when she meets the emissary from Duke Orsino (Viola disguised as a boy), she immediately falls in love with the youth.
Though she begins by attempting to keep Sir Toby under control, she quickly becomes one of his cronies and the brains behind the plot against Malvolio. He was sent to Olivia as a messenger of love, but was not allowed to speak to her. Are you sure you want to remove #bookConfirmation# fool, Feste often seems the wisest character in the play. Maria. approve of his rowdy behavior, practical jokes, heavy drinking, In such a world, homoerotic and will not marry for seven years. The as Cesario, cannot love her. A in-depth analysis of Antonio. wealthy, beautiful, and noble Illyrian lady, Olivia is courted by CliffsNotes study guides are written by real teachers and professors, so no matter what you're studying, CliffsNotes can ease your homework headaches and help you score high on exams. clown, or fool, of Olivia’s household, Feste moves between Olivia’s
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