Twelfth Night, a festive comedy

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Twelfth Night – a festive comedy: In spite of certain minor defects, Twelfth Night includes the main elements of good comedy. ‘It is the comedy of comedies’ – not only are the elements of the comic drama and comic satire from Plautus to Rabela is herein represented as fully and as perfectly as may be, for the comedy of Twelfth Night is both relieved and highlighened by an interwoven exquisite romance, whole strains of the finest poetry make perfect harmony with the comic undertone. Further, the play is splendidly wrought, plot, under-plot incident, character, movement, dialogue, diction – each is excellent and our interest is sustained throughout at the highest dramatic level. Finally, a gay good humour is the ail-pervading spirit of the dramatist’s gentle satire is wholesome, not bitter. All critics agree in considering Twelfth Night as one of the most delightful of Shakespeare’s comedies. It is full of sweetness and pleasantry. It makes us laugh at the follies of mankind, not despire them, still less bear any ill-will towards them. From start to end the play is full of gay joviality. The sentimental elements and the unsentimental malice a livelier, more dramatic impression from their contrast: and the contrast itself makes the dolling life of the play more interesting to an audience. There is plenty in the play to interest men and women of a refined and idle society and plenty more to amuse men and women of a coarser type and as for the idealist and the dreaming lover – they have food enough and to spare. Music and love and high courtesies interchanged in courtly gardens are jollity and practical jokes and a riot of laughter. Although there are a few blemishes in the dramatic technique of Twelfth Night, it is superior in the point of delight and in its comic aspect to the other comedies of Shakespeare. The platonic love is consummately represented in the Derke.
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