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1 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 Twelfth Night Act Five For more detailed instructions, see the Getting Started presentation. This icon indicates the slide contains activities created in Flash. These activities are not editable. This icon indicates that teacher’s notes are available in the Notes Page. This icon indicates that a useful web address is included in the Notes page.

2 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 Who marries who?

3 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 Plot summary exercise Complete the plot summary by filling in the blanks: Orsino arrives at Olivia’s house with __________. Olivia, believing him to be her new ____________, is totally confused when ‘he’ says he is going after the Duke. The priest confirms that they are married. When __________ appears, it is apparent that there are two ‘Cesarios’, and the confusion is resolved. Viola reveals herself to be a _________ and Orsino proposes to her. The plot to embarrass ____________ is revealed. Cesario husband Sebastian woman Malvolio

4 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 Dramatic irony Dramatic irony is a technique where the audience knows something that the characters (or most of them) do not. Dramatic irony creates humour for the audience, because we laugh as the characters make their mistakes. Our knowledge of the truth keeps us interested in the story. Dramatic irony can also add tension to a play, as the audience waits to see when and how the characters will find out the truth. Much of the humour in Twelfth Night is created by Shakespeare’s use of dramatic irony. But what exactly is dramatic irony?

5 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 What does the audience know in Twelfth Night that the characters do not? What is the effect of this knowledge? Question Answer the questions below to develop your understanding of dramatic irony in Twelfth Night. What do only some of the characters (and the audience) know, that creates humour in the story? Question Dramatic irony

6 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 What does the audience know in Twelfth Night that the characters do not? What is the effect of this knowledge? Question The audience knows that ‘Cesario’ is in fact Viola, a girl. Because Olivia and Orsino are not aware of this, the audience becomes more fully involved with the story - we wait to see when they will find out the truth. This knowledge also creates a tense kind of humour, as we watch Olivia fall in love with Cesario, and Viola fall in love with Orsino. Answer Dramatic irony

7 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 What do only some of the characters (and the audience) know, that creates humour in the story? Question The characters in the sub-plot (Sir Toby, Maria, etc.) know that Olivia is not really in love with Malvolio, because they set up the practical joke by writing the letter. This creates humour because the audience knows that Malvolio is in fact deluded. In addition, the dramatic irony here also demonstrates Malvolio’s ‘self love’, which allows him to imagine that Olivia might love him. Answer Dramatic irony

8 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 In the hotseat

9 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 Extension work Can you find any other examples of dramatic irony in Twelfth Night? In what ways does the mistaken identity between Viola and Sebastian contribute to this technique? What happens to Malvolio at the end of the play? Do you think he deserves his fate or not? Why do you think it was important for Shakespeare to resolve the story as he does? Answer the following questions to develop your understanding of Act Five, and the play as a whole.

10 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 Class game

11 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 What does Shakespeare have to say about male and female attitudes to love in Twelfth Night? Which characters and relationships in the play are particularly linked to this theme? Question Discuss the theme of disguise in Twelfth Night. Which characters disguise themselves or their true feelings. What happens as a result of these disguises? Question Essay questions

12 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 To what extent is Twelfth Night a comedy? Is the overall message of the play solely comic, or does it also have tragic elements as well? Refer particularly to the comic sub-plot in your answer. Look at the contrasts between men and women in Twelfth Night. What does Shakespeare believe the differences between male and female to be? Essay questions Question

13 © Boardworks Ltd of 13 Explore the ending of the play, which restores social order to Illyria. Why do you think Shakespeare ends Twelfth Night in this way? How far are the female characters in the play responsible for keeping the action moving? Choose one important female character and discuss her contributions to the story. Essay questions Question


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