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And what should I do in Illyria? by shoomlah And what should I do in Illyria? by shoomlah
Feelings for Twelfth Night having been recently reignited, and seeing how I am still suffering through a decade-long obsession with this play, I needed to get this down on paper after seeing the show again on Broadway... twice.

Excellently done, if God did all.

brownie points to anyone who can interpret this mess of symbolism,


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peanutbutterangel 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yesssss! You know, I was just thinking about this picture today, because we're working on Twelfth Night in English class and I love it so much. But to be honest, Olivia and Viola totally should've ended up together. But Shakespeare is always great. This picture makes me really happy. :) Your art style in general is a huge inspiration!
i read the title and automatically thought twelfth night, but since it's a lesser known shakespear play, i had to click to make sure i was right in your reference. and i was! yay. i love that play. i was introduced to it in middle school and fell in love. saw the helena bonham carter version more times than i can count. this piece is a lovely tribute, and is now nestled in my favorites
This-Chick-Does-Art Feb 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes! Twelfth Night is one of my fav Shakespearean works (Taming of the Shrew & Macbeth are in my circle). I really love this coat of arms *and yes the symbols*!
ksj7700 Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Argh! Twelfth Night?! That's like my favorite shakespeare play! This is awesome! 
CelidahD Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have an irresistable urge to go read the play again just so I can interpret the symbols!
This was brilliant, as was Mark Rylance and the entire Broadway cast.
Oh the palate is so rough.
Awesome play is awesome. :D
eertapupatree Feb 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Love it! Coincidence that this should show up in my messages, I just started for rehearsals as Viola. :)
I see . . . a mourning veil for Olivia, a wedding ring (obvious), horns for cuckoldry or general being-made-a-fool-of (presumably Malvolio, in that case), and a wreath of laurel or possibly bay leaves (kingship--or a dukedom, in this case). The purple-and-white pansy is associated with humility in literature and here is reminiscent of the Tudor rose, which speaks to reunification of a warring state. 

I'm not sure about the three arrows, though; it could represent Cupid's golden arrow, or possibly the trios of characters that act throughout the play--like Feste, Sir Andrew and Sir Toby. 

Whatever it means, though, I love this. :) "Twelfth Night" is one of my favorite plays ever written, and the multi-layered symbolism here is perfect.
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