‘Parody’ and ‘Play within a Play’ in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Keywords:Parody, Sub-Plot, Verbal Skill, Individuality
The research investigates aspects of parody and ‘ play within a play’ in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night ( 1601-1602). One important issue to be investigated is the parodic relation between two interrelated plots in this romantic comedy. The main focus is on the play’s subplot with regard to the aspects of ‘parody’ and ‘ play within a play’. The play’s minor-plot, as the research demonstrates, parodically reflects on the play’s main themes and dramatic action. There is also a striking similarity and parodic relation between the two female protagonists in both interrelated plots with regard to female protagonists’ witty usage of language and deceptive schemes. Such parodic relationship reaffirms the play’s essential message in respect to women’s quest for individuality and self-hood. This is in accord with Shakespeare’s humanist and feminist perspective with regard to woman’s right in determining her own destiny. The current research is significant, for it shed lights on unexplored aspects in Shakespeare’s
romantic comedies such as ‘Parody’ and ‘Play within a Play’
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