International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 1, Issue 12, Part K (2015)
Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: A Quest for an Ideal Woman of His Own Concept
Dr. Arvind Kumar Sharma
William Shakespeare, a genius for all ages, changed the name of drama in England. Women in Shakespearean plays always play important roles, mainly the leading roles. Whether they create the main conflicts and base of the plays, or bring up interesting moral and cultural questions, they have always been embedded in challenging situations. The women are more dominant than males, and their effect on the play is mutually different enough. They always surpass the male heroes. Shakespeare’s plays are replete with cross dressing and gender bending. Twelfth Night, his loveliest comedy, depends on the turbulence and apocalypses that arise from Viola’s character disguising her as a man.rnThis paper tries to ascertain how Viola in Twelfth Night accomplishes the quest for an ideal woman of Shakespeare’s own concept. There may be many reasons why he keeps his female characters in dominant position. It may have been the Queen Elizabeth I on the throne, or a certain influence of his marriage with an older woman. Some modern critics claim that he is a feminist. However, Shakespeare’s subjectivity can easily be seen at many places in the play. Viola’s character represents many aspects of Shakespeare’s personal life. Viola disguises her identity but reveals others’ true nature that is hidden behind their melodramatic and self-involved behavior. Thus this article elucidates Shakespeare’s concepts (hidden or revealed) of beauty, nobility, sincerity, and loyalty etc.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Arvind Kumar Sharma. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: A Quest for an Ideal Woman of His Own Concept. International Journal of Applied Research. 2015; 1(12): 733-737.