Twelfth Night Gender And Sexuality Essay. Shakespeare’s twelfth night is believed to be written in 1601 and counts as one of his last “real” plays and is very alluring in itself. Viola knows that this gender duality is not something normal, she is admitting of her hermaphrodite.
Viola’s gender duality caused both orsino and olivia to fall in love with ‘ her’, she describes herself as ‘poor monster’, as charles said, ‘unnatural prodigies (p.127), viola is confessing to herself that she is a ‘ monster’. During shakespearean times women were not even allowed to. One of the most prevalent of these “subtle” changes is society’s idea of gender and sexuality.