The tale of a young woman who disguises herself as a man and becomes entangled in the courtship of two local aristocrats upends conventions of romance and gender roles. First staged in 1602, Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most performed plays. Read a character analysis of Viola, plot summary, and important quotes.
Read a Plot Overview of the entire play or a scene by scene Summary and Analysis.
Here's where you'll find analysis about the play as a whole, from the major themes and ideas to analysis of style, tone, point of view, and more.
Find the quotes you need to support your essay, or refresh your memory of the play by reading these key quotes.
Quotes by Theme
- Desire and Love
- Fools and Foolishness
- Gender and Sexuality
Quotes by Section
- Act I, Scenes i-ii
- Act I, Scenes iii-iv
- Act I, Scene V
- Act II, Scenes i-ii
- Act II, Scenes iii-iv
- Act II, Scene v
- Act III, Scene i-ii
- Act III, Scene iv
- Act IV, Scene i-iii
- Act V, Scene i
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