Twelfth Night

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Captain Character Analysis

The Captain of the ship that sank while carrying Viola and Sebastian. He survives along with Viola, and assures Viola that the last he saw of Sebastian that Sebastian was alive. Loyal, helpful, and a native of Illyria, he gives Viola information about the region that helps her devise her plan to find work with Orsino.
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Captain Character Timeline in Twelfth Night

The timeline below shows where the character Captain appears in Twelfth Night. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 2
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Somewhere on the coast, Viola, a young noblewoman, a Captain, and several sailors, have just washed ashore from a shipwreck. Viola asks what country they... (full context)
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The Captain, who was born in Illyria, explains to Viola that Illyria is governed by a Duke... (full context)
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...wonders whether she could temporarily conceal her aristocratic identity and go work for Olivia. The Captain replies that this would be difficult because Olivia is refusing to see anyone. Viola then... (full context)
Act 5, scene 1
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...proven who she is to everyone's satisfaction. To do this, she must return to the Captain who saved her from their shipwreck, knows her story, and has her old clothes. (full context)
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...let him see her in her "woman's weeds" (5.1.265) or clothing. Viola replies that the Captain who brought her to shore from the shipwreck has her clothes. But he is currently... (full context)
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...sends Fabian to try to appease him, because they still need news from Viola's loyal Captain. (full context)
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Orsino says that when the Captain has given his account, he and Viola and Olivia and Sebastian will be properly married.... (full context)