Twelfth Night; or, What You Willis a comedic play written by William Shakespeare in approximately 1601-1602. The comedy explores a variety of themes and issues including celebration and festivity, appearance and reality, and the use of language in deception. In this lesson, students are introduced to the work and will research and discuss William Shakespeare, the Globe Theatre, the Middle Temple, and the performance and staging of the play throughout history.
Teacher Lecture: Introduce students to the play and playwright. Written most likely after the comedies Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It, and before the great tragedies Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear, many critics agree that Shakespeare reached his comic peak with this play.
Research Activity: Allow students time in class to conduct research on William Shakespeare and the publication and performances of Twelfth Night. When was the play first performed? At...
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