Twelfth Night: Festive Comedy, Gender and Confusion

Lesson rationale

The ideas contained in these teachers’ notes are intended to present a range of creative activities to assist the development of independent research. It is hoped they will reinforce work undertaken collaboratively in class and develop confidence in examining the text of Twelfth Night. Working with the sources supports wider reading, encouraging students to explore the unfamiliar in a supportive environment.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • How might understanding Shakespeare’s sources help you to broaden your interpretation of the text?
  • In what ways does Shakespeare explore gender stereotypes in Twelfth Night?
  • In what ways does comedy reflect a society’s attitudes and values?