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The Various Kinds of Comedy Employed by Shakespeare in Twelfth Night William Shakespeare wrote 'Twelfth Night' in 1914 because he had been commissioned by Queen Elizabeth I to compose a comic play for quite important Italian courtier. The play included themes of love, confusion, disguise and other particularly funny themes from Shakespearean time. The title 'Twelfth Night' fits in well with the comic play for quite a few reasons. 'Twelfth Night' is the title used for the Twelfth Day after Christmas. On this day (6th January), decorations have been taken down, pranks are made and the servants and masters inverse. Two characters which appear in the play, Sir Toby and Sir Andrew, would prefer this time period as they like to drink, joke and have loud fun. Their dance, singing and drunkenness would most probably make the audience laugh. Compared to Sir Toby and Sir Andrew, Malvolio is a puritan. A puritan is someone who considers becoming drunk is immoral and they must also live by the principles of the bible. His character would also be funny towards the audience due to his sensibility, stubbornness and other exaggerated beliefs. Another comical character in the drama is Feste. Feste is Olivia's fool. Feste plays his words by employing comical language appeals to your crowd. Before describing the comic devices in 'Twelfth Night' Act II Scene V, it's important to understand what has occurred in the drama. Malvolio is profoundly in love with Olivia who is head of the home and has also been mourning for her dead brother for a long moment. Malvolio is her slave and would love to increase his social standing. In Act II, Scene V Sir Toby a.. .