What You’ll Love about… Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

John Raphael Smith, “Miss Younge, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Love, and Mr. Waldron, in the Characters of Viola, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Sir Toby Belch, and Fabian (Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act 3, Scene 4).” Public Domain via Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Twelfth Night shows us in a kind and gentle way that people often fall in love with illusions or fantasies. When I remember back to the times when I was in love, it always involved imagination, and reality almost always clashed with what I was imagining. Was my love “true?” Of course. Did my feelings correspond with objective reality? Never.

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Teacher. Satirist. Scholar. Published in Slackjaw, Points in Case, McSweeney’s, Ben Jonson Journal, and elsewhere. Definitely not a robot. Or an alien.

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Matthew Thiele

Matthew Thiele

Teacher. Satirist. Scholar. Published in Slackjaw, Points in Case, McSweeney’s, Ben Jonson Journal, and elsewhere. Definitely not a robot. Or an alien.

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