Twelfth Night | Critical Review by James Fenton

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Twelfth Night.
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Critical Review by James Fenton

SOURCE: "Vengeance is Mine, Says the Clown," in The Sunday Times, London, April 24, 1983, p. 42.

So, Twelfth Night (RSC Stratford) is, in fact a revenge play, in which the Clown's resentment of Malvolio provides

Daniel Massey as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Gemma Jones as Maria, and John Thaw as Sir Toby Belch in Caird's 1983 RSC production. Daniel Massey as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Gemma Jones as Maria, and John Thaw as Sir Toby Belch in Caird's 1983 RSC production.
the pivotal theme. Sir Toby Belch is the kind of bluff fellow whose bluffness is a cover for considerable nastiness. When things get out of hand, lives are not merely threatened—they are in real danger. Both the weather and the time of day are hable to change abruptly, just as love may turn to hate or the dead be restored to life, to the terror of their loved ones.

It is a reading which makes a virtue of what is often taken to be...

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