The Twelfth Night
The Twelfth Night is one of those comedies of William Shakespeare that revolves around the theme of excess. Excess thus refers to a certain imbalance in the plot which is highlighted though various means including actions, words and emotions.
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In Twelfth Night, excess has been used intentionally in order to both generate spontaneous laughter and expose the imperfections of English society. Thus we can say that Shakespeare normally uses this dramatic tool to accentuate a particular emotion. In this play, the same intention is present and this time excess has been incorporated to make the play even more hilarious without losing grip on the real purpose. In the very beginning of the play, we notice that the playwright wants his readers to pay attention to the element of excess when his character Orsino says:
If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die. (Act 1 Scene 1)