Twelfth Night Act II Scene IV Analysis
Twelfth Night can be a very confusing story because of the changes in identity throughout the story and the way it ends with one big happy wedding that no one ever saw coming, (unless you have picked up on the Shakespearian pattern that comedies end with weddings and tragedies end with the death of the main character). Act II Scene IV seems to prepare the reader for what is to come at the end of the play. This scene shows the more personal sides of Cesario and Orsino, and it also shows how roles are switched between Feste and Orsino, and Cesario and Orsino.
Act II Scene IV is the section that reveals the most about the characters Orsino and Cesario and foreshadows the end of the play. The lines 71-76 state ?Now, the melancholy god protect thee, and the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal. I would have men of such constancy put to sea, that their business might be everything and their intent everywhere, for that?s it that always makes a good voyage of nothing. Farewell.? These lines are important because they foreshadow what is to come at the end of the play. The text literally says that he (Feste) wishes for the gods to protect Orsino from sadness, and that he is tailored a suit from fabric that changes colors to represent man/men because they are changing creatures, and those that change have good lives. The play results in Orsino finding out that Cesario is not really a man, but a woman by the name of Viola. According to Feste, the reason Orsino is able to accept this truth and not be completely upset by it is because he is a man. Men are changing creatures, and the conclusion can be made that it means that they adapt more aptly than women, according to the statement Feste made. Feste says that men who are able to change easily can make a ?good voyage of nothing?.