Twelfth Night

by

William Shakespeare

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Twelfth Night Symbols

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Costumes

The costumes that many characters wear represent different identities that people take on, as much in their everyday lives as when acting in a play. The costumes in the play show that a character or… (read full symbol analysis)

Hallucination

At different points in the play, characters speak of having hallucinations and compare the feeling of being in love to hallucinating. By connecting love with hallucinations, Shakespeare stresses that love is often based on misperceptions… (read full symbol analysis)

Hunting

At various points in the play, hunting is used as a metaphor for the lover's pursuit of his beloved. The metaphor is telling because it emphasizes the extent to which a lover like Orsino takes… (read full symbol analysis)