Twelfth Night; or What You Will

Twelfth Night; or What You Will☄ Twelfth Night; or What You Will PDF / Epub ✓ Author William Shakespeare – Heartforum.co.uk Named for the twelfth night after Christmas the end of the Christmas season Twelfth Night plays with love and power The Countess Olivia a woman with her own household attracts Duke or Count Orsino Two Named for the twelfth night after or What PDF Ë Christmas the end of the Christmas season Twelfth Night plays with love and power The Countess Olivia a woman with her own household attracts Duke or Count Orsino Two other would be suitors are her pretentious steward Malvolio and Sir Andrew AguecheekOnto this scene arrive the twins Viola and Sebastian; caught in a shipwreck each thinks the other has drowned Viola disguises herself as a male page and enters Orsino’s service Orsino sends her as his envoy to Olivia—only to have Olivia fall in Twelfth Night; Epub / love with the messenger The play complicates then wonderfully untangles these relationships.

William Shakespeare baptised April or What PDF Ë was an English poet and playwright widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre eminent dramatist He is often called England's national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of plays sonnets two long narrative poems and several other poems His plays have been tr.

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10 thoughts on “Twelfth Night; or What You Will

  1. Madeline says:

    I wish I could've seen what performances of this play were like in Shakespeare's time Since women couldn't be on stage men had to play the women's roles which means that the guy playing Viola had to also dress up as a man while acting like a woman You have to wonder if the audience ever really knew what was going on I'll bet you anything you like that some form of the following conversation took place in the Globe Theater at one pointGROUNDLING 1 Wait wasn't that guy playing a girl? Why's he a guy again?GROUNDLING 2 No Viola's dressing up as a man GROUNDLING 1 Sohe's a guy playing a girl playing a guy?GROUNDLING 2 Yes I think GROUNDLING 1 want me to get another round of ale?GROUNDLING 2 God yes Oh and alsoTWELFTH NIGHT ABRIDGEDVIOLA Okay where the fuck are we?CAPTAIN We're in Illyria there's a duke who lives here who's totally in love with this chick Olivia but she's all sad because her brother died like a year ago but Orsino won't leave it aloneORSINO sits in his room listening to Love Hurts on repeat and writing OliviaOrsino fanfictionVIOLA Well then I guess the only thing for me to do is disguise myself as a boy and go work for Orsino Ha ha wouldn't it be a funny and awkward twist if I fell in love with Orsino?CAPTAIN Yeahthat'd be real unexpected OLIVIA CESARIO TELL YOUR STUPID MASTER THAT FOR THE HUNDREDTH TIME I DON'T WANT TO GET MARRIED RIGHT NOW BECAUSES I AM KIND OF IN MOURNING FOR THE ONLY FAMILY MEMBER I HAD IT'S NOT A GOOD TIME CESARIOVIOLA Look I know you're sad and everything hey my twin brother just died in a shipwreck too but Orsino like really really loves you 'Cause you're hot and stuff OLIVIA Oh stop you're hot Kiss meCESARIOVIOLA Oh HELL no SHAKESPEARE Hee hee Lesbians ORSINO Why won't Olivia love me? My life is so unfair Are you in love with anyone Cesario? Because it sucksCESARIOVIOLA Yes I love somebody Somebody your complexion and your heightbut she's totally a chick because I am obviously a boy ORSINO Love sucks and women are unfaithful whores CESARIOVIOLA Umwow you're actually sort of a douche Why exactly am I attracted to you? ORSINO I assumed it was the brooding Chicks dig guys who brood TOBY BELCH Hey everybody it's Comic Relief Time Malvolio Olivia has a crush on you and wants you to wear these poncy yellow stockings and smile all the time MALVOLIO Well they do make my legs look fabulous EVERYONE HE'S CRAZY LOCK HIM IN THE CRAZYHOUSE IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE ADEUATE MENTAL HEALTH CARE WON'T EXIST FOR ANOTHER 400 YEARSSEBASTIAN Thank god I survived that horrible shipwreck Too bad my sister's dead though OLIVIA Cesario I demand that we have sex immediatelySEBASTIAN YES MA'AMORSINO Cesario what the hell are you doing?SEBASTIAN Who?CESARIOVIOLA OMG SEBASTIANSEBASTIAN OMG VIOLAEVERYONE WTF? VIOLA I'm a girl surprise ORSINO I love liars Let's get married MALVOLIO HEY You assholes got me locked in a cell and then sent some clown to mock me I swear by all that is holy I WILL BE REVENGED ON YOU ALL VIOLA Waitis that seriously how the play ends? A guy we had wrongly incarcerated promises to get his revenge which he actually kind of deserves? FASTE How about this? I'll play a song and then maybe the audience will forget that this play actually has the creepiest ending ever?he does and we doTHE END

  2. Anne says:

    Twins Freaky or Fun?Twelfth Night is Shakespeare's answer to that age old uestionWhile I was listening to this I had no idea that Viola Sebastian were twins As far as I knew they were just siblings But apparently they were if I had read the blurb I would have known thisAnd apparently it was also easy to pass as a man 400 years ago I guess if Gwen could do it and still find time to write her ever practical GOOP blog then I could too This is useful to know in case I ever get that time machine in the basement working and then decide to travel back to the 1600's to trick another woman into falling in love with me Otherwise not uite as useful Anyway So what was this one about?Warning Spoilers But realistically I probably didn't understand what actually happened in the play anyway so everything in this review is than likely wrong Warning Incorrect SpoilersOk Viola Sebastian went on a Carnival Cruise VacationIt ended badly As they typically doViola washes up on the shore of Illyria thinking that her dear brother is lost at sea and decides she needs to find a manShe makes a deal with a Sea Witch view spoilerdisguised to look like the captain of the vessel that rescued her hide spoiler

  3. Elle (ellexamines) says:

    This is my favorite ridiculous show and so I'm beginning this with a chart pink marriage blue crush on green flirts withSo yeah this is a really really funny play and a play with a lot of good puns etc etc etc and it is for that reason that it is entertaining But this show is compelling for some deeper reasons Here I will insert several bits of my eight page essay on gender and sexuality in Twelfth Night an essay that got embarrassingly long Throughout Twelfth Night Shakespeare plays with the idea of both gender and romance as roles we perform and with love as something beyond gender or sexuality Beginning with lead character Viola transforming herself into Cesario the show delves into issues of gender as a performed role and romance as another performed role a tool for status gain Characters desire each other for outside appearance or for status rather than for love Viola’s transformation of gender allows her to take on a freer ‘role’ in the world a role which at once suits her and forces her to hide Yet Orsino wants her as both a maid and a man — in other words he loves her for who she is By consciously breaking gender roles Shakespeare concludes that gender and love are primarily performance yet gives his characters some intimacy anywayThroughout Twelfth Night characters break their gendered ‘roles’ in society with women coming off as powerful and men coming off as incompetent Despite Orsino’s claims about the “weak nature” 3430 of women it is not women who are weak within the play Maria is bold and conniving and Olivia consistently resists the romantic role she is placed into by Orsino Orsino is perhaps one of the most passionate characters in the play in his love for Olivia — “O then unfold the passion of my love Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith” 1426 27 — and he changes his mind uickly — “If music be the food of love play on Enough; no ” 111 6 Meanwhile ViolaCesario is the logical and rational “She bore a mind that envy could not but call fair” 2128 29 Sebastian says of her This contrast between the romantic changeable Orsino and the strong confident in her choices Viola is a direct inversion of societal sexism a humanizing of women that is revolutionary in merit Yet despite their personal breaks in role each character is still playing a part dictated by gender Women in the play cannot always express their freedom; Olivia for example is looked at as a romantic object by Orsino and Maria by Toby Only one female character manages to fully escape this and she takes somewhat extreme measuresLike a role in a drama Viola's gender identity is simply a matter of outer appearance Yet over time we notice that Cesario’s character is convincing enough to others that she is hardly criticized Sebastian says of her “it was said she much resembled me” 2124 25 something Viola confirms with “my brother know Yet living in my glass” 34399 400; meanwhile Maria describes her as “a fair young man and well attended” 15101 102 It is here that the play’s tension appears where does the character start and Viola begin? Viola as Cesario is often described via metaphors and similes; no one can uite pin her down Indeed as the play continues Viola seems to take on the role of both a maid and a man In early stages of the show she refers to herself thusly — “As I am man My state is desperate for my master’s love As I am woman now alas the day” 2236 38 But even upon the unveiling of her womanhood the duality of her nature is clearly stated — “Nor are you therein by my life deceived You are betrothed both to a maid and man” 51228 230 Within these lines Shakespeare puts Viola in the liminal space between gender allowing her a role in the world in which her personality supersedes her gender Viola performs the role of a man and thus she is a man When Sebastian and Viola are finally reunited the situation calls for Sebastian to refer to his sister in the past tense Yet metaphorically there is perhaps some truth to this past tense gendering “I had a sister Whom the blind waves and surges have devoured” 51239 240 Sebastian tells the audience Maybe indeed Viola and Cesario have become one and the same Yet through her disguise Viola is also put into a position where she cannot be loved for her true personhood a position many other characters share Within Twelfth Night disguise and failed honesty both ruin and form relationships Malvolio’s disguise taken on to make Olivia fall in love with him backfires entirely leading him to be interred in the dungeons Meanwhile Sir Toby and Maria’s relationship is based around their role in humiliating another with very little human connection; Maria like Malvolio simply desires her chosen lover to boost her status Indeed perhaps the biggest tragedy of the play then is that Olivia does in fact end up with someone she knows only from the outside She has fallen for Cesario’s ‘outside’ yes but she has also fallen for her clever lines and flirtatiousness And yet by chance she has married the wrong person someone of whom she knows nothing but outer character Sebastian in a similar fashion has married someone he barely knows and in so doing rejected another who clearly cares for him In the face of Antonio’s sacrifices — “His life I gave him and did thereto add My love without retention or restraint All his in dedication For his sake Did I expose myself pure for his love” 5178 82 — the love of someone Sebastian has met only lines earlier pales Honest love has not come about for Olivia Sebastian Malvolio Antonio or Maria their disguises have stayed intactIt is only in the relationship between Orsino and Viola that love occurs on a true basis of personal knowledge transversing heteronormative romantic boundaries note this line inspired one of my teachers to ask how I learned the word heteronormative which is deeply hilarious Orsino begins the play in a role that of a lovesick teenger for an unnatainable girl; it is only through the love of someone he actually knows that he breaks out of his role The relationship between Orsino and Viola relationship is clearly romantic before Viola is shown to be a woman The first scene we see of Cesario and Orsino begins with a brief speech from Valentine in which he establishes their relationship has already become uite close “He hath known you but three days and already you are no stranger” 141 4 It is Orsino’s words themselves however that best indicate romantic tension towards Viola “Cesario Thou know’st no less but all I have unclasped To thee the book even of my secret soul” 1413 15 Perhaps importantly it is clearly established he is attracted to her even in believing her to be a man — “Diana’s lip Is not smooth and rubious thy small pipe Is as the maiden’s organ shrill and sound And all is semblative a womans part” 1450 54 he says to her note it also establishes that Viola definitely looks like a twink you're welcomeIn strong contrast to Olivia’s love for Viola and Orsino’s love for Olivia Orsino is someone Viola knows The challenge here thus is not a lack of connection but a lack of ability to be together as two men “I poor monster fond as much on him” 2233 34 Viola says of herself self deprecating on her state of desire for Orsino; she knows her desire cannot be while she plays the role of a man Their relationship does not lose sexual tension throughout the show either Orsino’s direction to Viola to “If ever thou shalt love In the sweet pangs of it remember me” 2417 18 is easy to read into and Viola’s subseuent discussion of her sister’s feelings for a man are hard to stage as anything but a sexually tense scene A clever bit of wordplay a scene later uses servanthood as something sexually driven sexualizing Viola’s relationship with Orsino “You’re servant to the Count Orsino youth” “And he is yours and his must needs be yours Your servant’s servant is your servant madam” 31102 104 Here Viola uses ‘servant’ to denote both her own servitude and Orsino’s love for Olivia establishing the term as something of a romantic innuendo as it was commonly used Even when confronted by accusations about Cesario Orsino calls him his own “my gentleman Cesario?” 51193 There is a moment of change in the play where Orsino discovers that Cesario is also Viola and we as the audience have an expectation of how this will play out — in the 2005 reimagination She’s the Man for example Orsino is horrified by Viola’s identity as a woman and romantic tension with him and must take a week to process her true self In contrast the play’s Orsino proposes to Cesario only minutes after discovering her identity Their relationship is now uite suddenly to Orsino permitted no longer taboo; thus the play implies that the only obstacle to their romance has been societal judgement around Cesario’s outer presentation rather than Orsino’s feelings towards her Notably Orsino in proposing does not attempt to put Viola into the box of womanhood He calls Viola boy even in asking her to marry him — “Boy thou hast said to me a thousand times Thou never shouldst love woman like to me” 51279 280 his declaration begins also implying that their conversations have gotten intimate shall we say previous to this revelation He then proposes thusly “And since you called me “master” for so long Here is my hand You shall from this time be Your master’s mistress” 51339 340 “—Cesario come For so you shall be while you are a man But when in other habits you are seen Orsino’s mistress and his fancy’s ueen” 51408 411 Even with Viola’s role exposed he still sees her as inhabiting the liminal space between gender; he has not changed his recognition of her personhood In other words he loves her for who she is beyond the performed roles of manhood or womanhood — it is simply that her new role as a woman allows their relationship to progress in publicShakespeare is not a playwright averse to situations of gender confusion — his plays As You Like It The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona all play with crossdressing in some way Yet this play specifically establishes love as something beyond gender done for personality and not fitting into heteronormative ideals In ending his show with Orsino and Viola marrying Shakespeare comes the closest possible to allowing two men to form a relationship on stage While few truly romantic couples actually end up together within the show the subtext of the play is clear good love is love that sees beyond the outside to the heart Hope you enjoyed this sappy essay Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  4. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Twelfth Night; or What You Will William ShakespeareTwelfth Night or What You Will is a comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian who are separated in a shipwreck Viola who is disguised as Cesario falls in love with Duke Orsino who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia Upon meeting Viola Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion with plot elements drawn from the short story Of Apollonius and Silla by Barnabe Rich based on a story by Matteo Bandello The first recorded performance was on 2 February 1602 at Candlemas the formal end of Christmastide in the year's calendar The play was not published until its inclusion in the 1623 First Folioتاریخ نخستین خوانش دوازدهم ماه ژانویه سال 1989 میلادیعنوان شب دوازدهم یا آنچه شما بخواهید؛ اثر ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم افضل وثوقی؛ تهران، رادیو تلویزیون ملی ایران، 1354، در 110صعنوان شب دوازدهم نمایشنامه؛ اثر ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم حمید الیاسی؛ تهران، روشنگران، 1368، در 197 ص؛ چاپ دیگر 1390، در 238ص، شابک 9789646751521؛ موضوع نمایشنامه های نویسندگان انگلیسی سده 17ماین نمایش در پنج پرده تدوین شده؛ و دارای چهارده شخصیت؛ و تعدادی سیاهی لشکر است؛ شخصیت‌های اصلی نمایش عبارتند از «اورسینو، دوک احساساتی ایلیریا، انسانی نیک»؛ «اولیویا، کنتسی ثروتمند، همسایه اورسینو، در نهایت زیبایی»؛ «ویولا، قاصد اورسینو؛ مخفی در لباس پسران و با نام واقعی سزاریو هرگز عشق را به زبان نمی‌آورد؛»؛ «سباستین، برادر دوقلوی ویولا»؛ «سر توبی بلچ، دایی اولیویا که در خانه او لنگر انداخته»؛ «ماریا، ندیمه اولیویا، یک سوسک کوچولو ولی زنده دل»؛ «سر آندرو اگوچیک، شوالیه‌ ای احمق»؛ «فست، دلقک اجازه سر خود اولیویا»؛ «مال ولیو»؛ «فابیان»؛ «آنتونیو»؛ «یک کاپیتان»؛ «والنتین»؛ «کوریو»؛ «لردها»، «یک کشیش»، «افسران»، «ملاحان»، «نوازندگان» و «خدمتکاران»؛شخصیت «صوفی» در این نمایش‌نامه، به «شاه عباس صفوی» اشاره دارد؛ محل رخداد رویدادهای نمایشنامه «شهری در ایلیریا کشوری باستانی در ساحل دریای آدریاتیک و اسکله مجاور آن»؛چکیده نمایشنامه اورسینیو دوک محبوب ایلیریا، از فرط سیری و پول و جاه با بازی کردن نقش افتادن در دام عشق؛ دل بیمار و روح احساساتی خود را تا سرحد حالت جذبه و نشوه برانگیخته‌ استمعشوقه ی او البته کسی جز کنتس اولیویای زیبای شهر نیست، که قصری در همسایگی کاخ دوک دارداورسینو به منظور ابراز عشق و شروع خواستگاری پیام و هدیه‌ ای توسط قاصد جدید خود، سزاریوی جوان، برای کنتس می‌فرستداما نمی‌داند سزاریو که به تازگی به خدمت او درآمده در واقع دختری در لباس پسران است با نام واقعی «ویولا»؛ او از روزهای اول دیدن دوک، عاشق دوک شده و اکنون بیش از همیشه غمزده‌ استدر سوی دیگر «کنتس اولیویا» نیز در قصر خود، همانند دوک احساساتی برانگیخته دارد، ولی آکنده از اندوه و تاسف استکنتس زیبا به تازگی تنها برادر عزیزش را از دست داده، و از پذیرفتن و ابراز عشق و حتی همدمی هر مردی خودداری می‌کنداما این همه باعث نمی‌شود که در نخستین دیدار با قاصد «دوک ویولا در لباس مبدل» به دریای عشق پرتلاطم او نیفتد؛ ا شربیانی

  5. Henry Avila says:

    Now a strange astonishing thing or two happened off the west coast of the Balkans Illyria in an undetermined age aristocratic identical twins a boy and a girl well around twenty give or take a few years were lost at sea shipwrecked by a powerful storm Presumed drowned by the other surviving sibling both saw their relative in an untenable situation But this being a play the twins keep on breathing reaching the beautiful dry glorious beach with separate help from out of the blue the ship's kind sea captain and an infamous pirate miracles do occur sometimes Nevertheless unknown to the grieving duo For some reason they changed their names on land Sebastian becomes Roderigo and his sister Viola much drastically a man Cesario wearing men's clothes a pretty boy she is too a rose by any other name would smell as sweet SheHe starts working for the local Duke Orsino who loves another person of noble blood Countess Olivia But the lady is grieving for a recently deceased beloved brother and is in no mood for romance besides the Duke doesn't appeal to her sad soul Olivia needs a year to mourn the lady tells the passionate impatient Duke And Olivia has a secret crush on his messenger Cesario Orsino is a very jealous fierce man who likes to duel he also after just a few days becomes very fond of his new sweet servant Now the distraught Countess in her mansion has her drunken uncle living with her a big headache Sir Toby imbibing all night long coming home in a boisterous condition out of control waking up the whole household with his cowardly young friend Sir Andrew What can Olivia do he's a relative And Sir Andrew wants to marry the countess too and has given money to her impecunious uncle Another member of her entourage is her late father's jester The Fool also called Feste acting silly is his job and does it very well but The Fool is the smartest one around Witty comments are his specialty Still the head of her servants stern Malvolio hated by the rest rules with an iron hand except Sir Toby the noble family is above him But the lackeys are restless and want revenge More trouble for Lady Olivia she falls in desperate love with the disguised Viola as Cesario who becomes very uneasy And when Sebastian finally arrives in town people speak to the visitor as if they recognize him The twin feels uite confused agitated is he or these strangers mad ? Even Sir Andrew and Sir Toby take their swords out to fight the supposedly timid Cesario who is not his sister and knows how to duel A surprise ensues for the not too brave pair Another splendid fun play from the incomparable master William Shakespeare enough said or written

  6. Bill Kerwin says:

    The treatment of Malvolio is a little too cruel Belch and Aguecheek are a little too coarse and the resolution is a little too abrupt and so this excellent Shakespearean comedy falls a little short of perfection Still the poetry about music and the songs themselves are wonderful Viola and Orsino are charming and Feste is the wisest and best of clowns

  7. Dolors says:

    “Twelfth night” is probably the most well rounded of all the Shakespearean comedies I have read so far both for its structure and thematic scope which is close to the darkest side of his best tragedies Evading the somewhat shallow hedonism of his earlier comedies the perplexed reader encounters a play that is opened with a shipwreck on the coast of the fictional town of Illyria The twins Viola and Sebastian were onboard of the crashed vessel but they lose sight of each other amidst the chaos and they both assume the other is dead A chain of improbable events lead to several impersonations and mistaken identities that involve gender and class transformation setting Viola as a male servant in the court of the Duke of Orsino who is vainly fixated on the damsel Olivia whose grief for her lost brother prevents her from reciprocating the Duke’s passion Against all predictions Viola becomes the Duke’s confidant and slowly conuers not only his heart but also Olivia’s giving way to a jocular situation that is impossible to argue with logic as seen in Orsino’s frustrated lament “One face one voice one habit and two personsA natural perspective that is and is not”Act V scene 2The action of this play is somewhat fragmented and the characters seem to act merely on impulse; that trait alone presents uite a contrast to the deliberation displayed by the most iconic protagonists of the Bard’s oeuvre The main attraction of this comedy shouldn’t be expected in the parallel plots or in the tangled web of misplaced identities that defy gender bias and preconceived ideas about sexual orientation heartbreak grief or mockery; instead it is to be found in the musicality of the language that shines brightly in Orsino’s interventions and the Fool’s sagacious interludes The riotous undertone of this wild play appeals to the contradictions that we all carry inside us which keep us awake at night tossing and turning wondering what it is that we expect from life of the yearning to love and be loved but mainly of the hidden desires that we do not dare to bring to the surface which Shakespeare did never avoid He challenges us to be courageous and face them and make of our next step “what we will”

  8. James says:

    Book Review 4 out of 5 stars to Twelfth Night a comedy written in 1601 by William Shakespeare There are reviews written about Shakespeare than either of us know what to do with on over or about So you're not getting a review from me What I will say is the following Love him or not the man can create brilliant plots and characters Twins Mistaken identities Tomfoolery Witchcraft A chain of who's on first when it comes to which character is in love with which other character Confusion knows no bounds here But I love it It's hilarious If you're not used to Shakespeare's style and rhythm this wouldn't be the first play of his I'd recommend Or if you really want to read this one you might want to watch a film version first just to get the plot down as it's convoluted than any soap opera out there And I should know I've watched nearly all of them It's got a little bit of everything but if you can see it happen first then read it it'll come across even better as you can concentrate on the words and images that come to mind rather than trying to comprehend which person is in which disguise when they are talking I have to imagine he talked to himself a lot when writing this one adding voices and different character attributes to even be sure he understood what he had going on About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

  9. Lyn says:

    Reading Shakespeare is almost like going down into the basement of literature and examining the foundations So often I find the origins of what has become trite and overdone and yet Shakespeare was the fountain from which so much springs This is especially true of Twelfth Night it is apparent that so many comedies and romances over the centuries were heavily influenced by this play Very entertaining

  10. Kai says:

    “Some are born great some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them”This was fun The thing is that comedies are always fun on a stage Ultimately so are tragediesShakespeare created a hilarious story of love confusion and foolishness There is a lot of genderbending and cross dressing and homosexualitating yes I know that is not a word uite a ueer tale And in the end everything and everybody is set straight and does not marry below their own station A bit of a let down if you ask me Especially because this is not exactly how I imagine true love to be but oh my sometimes we can lean back and simply enjoy ourselvesI must admit that I liked A Midsummer Night's Dream better However I'm biased since I was part of a production of this play I also like Richard II better because I knew about its cultural context and enjoyed the relationship between Shakespeare's Richard and the actual living and breathing and long dead kingFind of my books on Instagram

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