Discussion Board – Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night:DB Post of 200 Word Minimum Due 11:59 pm, Sat.
Discussion Forum – use https://www.sparknotes.com/nofear/shakespeare/twelfthnight/ for reference Part 1.  Discuss which character in the play behaves most foolishly.  Include a quotation (Elizabethan version) for support.Part 2.  Is “folly” or  “foolishness” an unavoidable part of being in love?  

A great help for understanding Shakespeare is a line-by-line translation in Sparknotes, No Fear Shakespeare:  Twelfth Night.  Please see the link below the rubric.
Here you will find on the left-hand page the Elizabethan version and on the right-hand page, the Modern English translation.  Please use the Elizabethan version for your quotations.

Story Background:  Scholars believe that Twelfth Night was first written for the “carnival”-like festivities of the Feast of the Epiphany, the “twelfth night” of Christmas, January 6.  This is when the Three Wisemen from the East were thought to have arrived to worship the new-born Christ child in Bethlehem.  In some countries, “Twelfth Night” involves raucous celebrations in which social positions such as those of masters and servants are reversed or when gender roles are switched.  This “world upside-down” theme is reflected in some of the mismatched (potential) couples in the play Twelfth Night, and also in the themes of folly, madness and foolishness. The popular film, She’s the Man (2006) is a modern adaptation of Twelfth Night.

Guidelines:1.  By now, you know how to quote one character speaking in poetry, by using just two formats,     the in-text (1-3 lines) and block format (4+ lines), depending on how many lines you are  quoting.
2.  Writing about drama introduces two new issues:     (a) when you want to quote two or more people speaking, and     (b) when you want to quote characters who speak in prose rather than poetry.                                                              
3.  Please note the difference between prose and poetry as you choose your quotations.     Much of Twelfth Night is written in prose, particularly in the comedic scenes.     (a)  In a scene using prose, the lines are flush with the right margin.  Seldom do you see the           first letter of the first word of each line in upper case.  Never use slashes in a prose           quotation. You can embed 4 lines of prose.                     Prose example:  The Fool tells Orsino, “Now, the melancholy god protect thee, and           the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal.  I would           have men of such constance put to sea, that their business might be everything and           their intent everywhere, for that’s it that always makes a good voyage of nothing”           (2.4.70-75).
     (b)  In contrast, lines of poetry never reach the right margin and the first letter of the first           word of each line is usually in upper case letters. For in-text poetic quotations, slashes           are used to show the line endings to preserve rhyme and rhythm.                     Poetic example over 3 lines:  Viola tells Orsino:                       Too well what love women to men may owe.                       In faith, they are as true of heart as we.                       My father had a daughter loved a man                       As it might be perhaps, were I a woman,                       I should your lordship.   (2.4.102-06)
4.  One person speaking in a drama is still a quotation and requires the quotation format based on the number of lines     being quoted.  Do not set off just one person speaking unless you have over 3 lines of poetry.5.  Two or more people speaking in a drama require a dialogue format, whereby you set off the two characters speaking, capitalize their names followed by a colon [:] or period.  Always include stage directions.